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Rick Tocchet thinks the Capitals should hire Adam Oates as head coach

Jun 26, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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If it was up to former NHL head coach and star forward Rick Tocchet to pick the new coach for the Washington Capitals, his choice would be simple. He’d be all about Adam Oates.

Tocchet tells’s Chuck Gormley that Oates has that special something other candidates can’t provide behind the bench.

“He’s not a rah-rah guy. He’s not going to stand up and give you a Knute Rockne speech. But he’s a man’s man and a pro. I think he could be a great head coach.

“Let’s put it this way: If I was an owner or a GM I’d find a way to get Adam Oates on my team. In my opinion, 85 percent of the league’s coaches are the same. Adam gives you that extra 15 percent that can put a team over the top.”

Tocchet and Oates were teammates in both Boston and Washington and were on the same coaching staff together in Tampa Bay. To say Tocchet has a good feel for what Oates can do might be an understatement. Oates is believed to be a finalist for the Caps job along with Norfolk Admirals coach Jon Cooper and Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland.

One thing working in Oates’ favor is his history with Caps GM George McPhee as he was running the Caps when Oates called D.C. his home from 1997 to 2001. The Caps are expected to make their coaching choice this week.

  1. selldannysell - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    For once, I agree with Rick Tocchet. Man, what’s this world coming to? Make it so, McPhee!

  2. guitarmy204 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Would he bet on Oates being the next coach?

  3. rockthered1286 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I’ve been saying this since the day Hunter left… So has 75% of Caps fans….

  4. quizguy66 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Nooooooooo! He’s our vampire!!!

    Kidding aside, as a Devils fan I’m pretty sure that we’ll only be able to hold on to Oates for a short time. He’s done a helluva job for us.


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