Mar 28, 2013, 2:51 PM EST
The way Capitals defenseman Mike Green describes it, Washington’s coaching saga in recent years mirrors that of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and coach Adam Oates is just right.
“It’s a balance between playing strong defense and still being able to create offense,” Green said in a CSN Washington report. “That’s really what we needed. We had polar opposites the last couple years and we’re at a point now where we need one direction.”
Oates’ tenure with the Capitals hasn’t gotten off to a great start, and there’s a good chance Washington’s five-season streak of making the playoffs is about to come to an end.
Still, Washington has gotten better as the season has progressed and Green admires Oates’ willingness to stick with his system through the bad times.
“With the amount of games he played in this league, he knows that changing things up is more of a mental stress on the team and just causes more confusion,” Green said. “He’s consistently stayed with the same system throughout the whole season and that has really helped us, especially right now.
“This is the time where we need to be confident and have our coach at an even keel and he’s been outstanding.”
Meanwhile, Oates thinks highly of Green as well and wants to see the blueliner apply that balanced approach of offense and defense to his own game, according to the Washington Post.
Oates thinks Green can develop into a Ray Bourque-style of player — one who holds his own defensively while still putting up big offensive numbers.
To that end, in what has been referred to as the Ray Bourque rule, Oates doesn’t want to see Green behind the net in the offensive zone.
“When I played with Ray, that was always Ray’s philosophy. His job was to get to the offensive zone and contribute on the offensive blueline,” Oates said. “You know, you’re not a forward, you’re a defenseman.
“At the end of the day, you’re still a defenseman. And it’s more important for us to have Mike available for those 27 minutes handling the puck than it is for him to be behind their net.”
Washington is in the middle of a three-day break and then they’ll start a road trip in Buffalo on Saturday.
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Nov 26, 2014, 12:11 PM EST
Fall from grace for the former 30-goal scorer.
Nov 26, 2014, 11:42 AM EST
Out “a couple of weeks” with a lower-body injury.
Nov 26, 2014, 11:28 AM EST
Arizona forward forced the Avs d-man from the game.
Nov 26, 2014, 11:10 AM EST
Dallas forward does have a history with the NHL’s player safety department.
Nov 26, 2014, 10:58 AM EST
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Nov 26, 2014, 10:50 AM EST
Two teams headed down different paths?
Nov 26, 2014, 10:03 AM EST
He missed the last three games with an upper-body injury.
Nov 26, 2014, 9:16 AM EST
It’s a question that could decide a playoff spot or two.
Nov 26, 2014, 8:51 AM EST
Tough start to the season for the veteran defenseman.
Nov 26, 2014, 8:12 AM EST
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Nov 26, 2014, 2:00 AM EST
Colorado has now won four of five.
Nov 26, 2014, 12:45 AM EST
Jackets and Oilers talking trade.
Nov 26, 2014, 12:05 AM EST
The Avs’ defenseman left the game and did not return.
Nov 25, 2014, 11:25 PM EST
The Oilers’ forward has had his share of knee injuries.
Nov 25, 2014, 10:29 PM EST
Spent time in Vancouver as a player and a coach.
Nov 25, 2014, 9:54 PM EST
Will not return due to a lower body injury.
Nov 25, 2014, 9:18 PM EST
Extends point streak to five games.
Nov 25, 2014, 9:11 PM EST
Remains in the game.
Nov 25, 2014, 8:45 PM EST
After 18 seasons, he’s done.
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