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Oates says working with Ovechkin was ‘easy’

Jun 13, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin, Adam Oates AP

When Adam Oates was hired to be the new Washington Capitals head coach, one of the main concerns fans and others had was how he’d get along with superstar winger Alex Ovechkin.

After a possible MVP season, it would seem the two found common ground. When Oates was asked by Chuck Gormley of what it was like to coach Ovechkin, he said it was a virtual piece of cake.

“Easy. Easy. Yeah, easy. I have to go back to what I said to you when we first talked [after Oates was hired last summer]. You know what? As a player I wanted to be talked to and that’s what I wanted to be as a coach. So I talked to him. I talked to all the guys. When I talked to him, after a while it made sense and we got through some tough spots and then he was rocking and it was great.”

It might seem like talking is the easiest thing for a coach to do, but after going through the motions with Dale Hunter last season, communication was something he struggled with. Oates’ experience in helping big-time wingers score as a player is something that may have helped him get through to Ovechkin.

  1. 24/7 Hockey - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Not saying that he is lying or that he is telling the truth but did anyone truly expect oates to come out and say his star player and face of the franchise is hard to work with? That wouldnt benefit anybody.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Torts would. That’s why he’s now unemployed.

      • bobhpine - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Getting bounced in the first round by a crap Rangers team is easy. Two points in seven games from the captain is also easy.

        Then again, the Caps are always an easy out in the playoffs. Oates will be perfect there.

  2. imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Easy is how I would describe Ovechkin’s backchecking style.

    • hockeytowninhabitant - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Tired of people bashing ovechkins defense. He does what’s asked of him, he’s paid to be a goal scorer, not 2 way forward

      • fivetozeroingame7 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM


      • therealjr - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        What do you mean? Doesn’t a team defense revolve around the 1st line scoring winger??????

      • bobhpine - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        He doesn’t score in the playoffs though.

      • 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        Neither did Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Iginla or Letang, when it mattered. Combined for zero points against Boston. “Best team in the world,” indeed.

    • mp1113 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      yeah 61 points in 58 playoffs games means he doesn’t score in the playoffs…nice try though

  3. fivetozeroingame7 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    How did it turn out?

    • alexnewca - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Did you really make your name because of the game 7 this year? That alone shows how little you know.

      • fivetozeroingame7 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        you’re right. I should have made it twotooneingame7

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      32 goals and a probable MVP win is how it turned out. Not bad, eh?

  4. operwapitsai - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    ovi will be ovi. and Oates will be Oates… but will the caps be contenders?

    • fivetozeroingame7 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM


  5. operwapitsai - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    lol fivetozero whos your team?

    • therealjr - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Guessing NYR from the stupid handle. I guess a CQF win followed by a demolition in round 2 is all one has to stroke to when 1994 is such a distant memory.

      • ithacamike - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Great point…1940 is even a greater distant memory. I cup in 72 years…wow, impressive. Especially since there were a whopping 6 teams for about 1/2 that time.

  6. operwapitsai - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    go caps

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