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Green: Caps needed game-changing fight or hit; Oates: ‘Then why didn’t he do it?’

Dec 5, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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It appears Mike Green and Adam Oates aren’t exactly on the same page when it comes to sparking the Caps.

In the wake of Tuesday’s listless 4-1 defeat to Carolina, Green said someone needed to “get in a fight or throw a big check that maybe would have turned the momentum around.”

To which Oates replied, why not you?

“Why didn’t he do it?” Oates told CSN Washington. “Talk’s cheap. You’re talking to a guy who could not say that. In 1,500 games I could never say that because I was not the guy who could go out and [fight], so I would never say it.”

This is the latest chapter in Oates voicing his opinions on Green through the media. Earlier this week, he suggested that Green stop worrying about scoring goals (he notched his first of the season against Carolina) and focus on other aspects of his game.

“For me it’s his touches and his decisions,” Oates said, as per the Washington Post. “If you’re pressing to get a goal you’re going to skate at opportunities you’re not supposed to skate at and not wait for it at the right time, and I felt his reads were just a little off.”

Following Green’s first of the year, Oates said he was pleased it was out of the way.

“You know as a smaller subplot it’s obviously good for him,” Oates said. “It’s obviously been something that we’ve talked about a lot.”

  1. drewsylvania - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    As much as Oates has stuffed his foot in his mouth this year, he’s right on this one.

  2. sjsblitz - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    i recall Oates saying something about droppin the mitts with Torts last post season.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      wow, good pull there.

  3. missthemexpos - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Hey Oates, how about having your goalie go down to the other end of the ice and beat the crap out of the other teams goalie?

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      jesus dude, get over it.

  4. shortsxit34 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I’m not a fan of coaches calling out a player to the media; but, if Green is going to be the one bringing it up, he deserves it.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      plus, you could tell Oates was asked the question by a reporter that told him what Green said in the question by that first line Oates said. can’t blame him for answering that question.

  5. 7mantel - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Oats is BS artist ! He’s light in the loafers !

    • bmoreredfury311 - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Nice job bringing some good insight, to comment section on this article. I’m sure many will benefit from it..

  6. stakex - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I agree with Oates on this one, but it seems like there is a lot of unrest in the Caps locker room right now. With the coach trading barbs with a top player in the media, and at least two players demanding a trade the situation would have to be described as chilly at best.

    • jaguar0413 - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      You are mistaken. Green is not a top player for the Caps anymore. He never could play defense and isn’t scoring. I’m with Oates on this one. Green needs to put up or shut up.

      As for Erat, he just plain sucks. He already alienated himself from the rest of the team by forcing the issue and demanding a trade. Remember, this is his second trade demand in six months. I don’t think Oates is going to lose the locker room on that issue when he isn’t even responsible for creating it.

      Also, 22 year old players not named Ovechkin or Crosby do not get to dictate to a franchise what happens with their playing time. Orlov has to earn the trust of Oates and his Caps teammates if he wants to make it on the NHL level. Right now, the Caps have a lot of young defensemen in the system (Schmidt, Urbom, Wey, Bowey, Carrick, etc.). Orlov has to prove that he can play within the system to get NHL ice time. Regardless, he’s going to make it on the Caps blue line soon. He has too much talent not to.

      The guy who deserves the most blame is McPhee. His panicked move for Erat has failed miserably. Now he’s stuck with a huge cap hit that nobody wants.

    • joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Right now! This stuff has been going on since the start of the season. This the 3rd or 4th time this year Oates replied to quotes from his players this year. Each time revealed that coach and players are not on the same page.

  7. skr213 - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Oates is proving to be sandpaper to his team, and he doesn’t have the talent or results that Torts has. He may want to rethink his strategy.

  8. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Since I was a little kid I always was afraid of Adam Oates. I thought he looked like Count Dracula with the evil eyebrows. Now that his face is loaded with Botox, his eyebrows are stuck in an even scarier position. With the black suit he looks even more like Dracula, and frankly, he scares the hell out of me even more. Mike Green, be careful. I’m telling you, look for a reflection. Let him get to Ovechkin first. He has no teeth to bite anyone else with.

  9. crazemastercraze - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The capitals are a bunch of overly pampered little babies. And guess who’s going to be the sacrificial lamb: Oates. Done deal, pal, done deal!

  10. blomfeld - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM


    Aren’t the Capitals paying some guy $10,000,000.00 a year to ‘spark’ the team and get them going when needed ? … for situations ‘exactly’ like this ? … why you people continue to give Ovechkin a ‘free pass’ all the time is positively dumbfounding !

    • jaguar0413 - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Ummm, have you even watched a Caps game this year? Last I checked, Ovechkin led the NHL in goals and the team in hits. He’s doing his part. It’s the guys like Green, Brouwer and Laich that need to step it up.

      • joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Right! No doubt Ovi is doing his part… on the ice. As a the 10 million dollar man/franchise player/leader it is also his job to lead off the ice. That means bringing the boys together in the room, and acting as a bridge between players and management, If #8 would be doing his job as captain, then this stuff would never hit the papers, and Oates wouldn’t have to be doing what he’s doing.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      yo this song jams though.

    • babykaby - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:55 AM

      Dumbfeld blomfeld, born an idiot, still an idiot, will always be an idiot. Always with your idiot videos because you have nothing of value to say. Dumbfeld blomfeld idiotfeld. Such a little little girl.

  11. cspsrbums - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    @jaguar Consider the source this dude thinks he knows everything he did during the lockout and still does now. Me has never liked Ovi and never will give him his credit due unless he was playing on the kings then this clown would love him Don’t give him any attention by responding to his stupid comments

    • blomfeld - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      “Me has never liked Ovi” …

      that sentence sadly tells me all I need to know about you … nonetheless, allow me to indulge …

      a ‘real’ captain my friend, is a multi-talented and multi-faceted leader who leads his team through ‘thick & thin’ by among other things, example, sacrifice, daring, aplomb, creativity, zeal, compassion and elan … I would submit to you that despite Ovechkin being a talented goal scorer, he nonetheless has absolutely ‘no’ business whatsoever wearing the ‘C’ of your team ! … for by retaining his captaincy, all you people are doing is maintaining a leadership ‘vacuum’ which can only serve to hold you back and prevent you from ever reaching your true potential …

      *** examples of ‘true’ NHL captains ***

      – Sidney Crosby
      – Dustin Brown
      – Henrik Sedin
      – Zdeno Chara
      – Jonathan Toews

  12. watermelon1 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    FINALLY someone besides me thinks green has Been so ridiculously overrated and should have been gone long ago.

  13. storminator16 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Is it me or is there drama in the Caps locker room every season? Omg.

    • wethog66 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      It’s you.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        lol no it’s not.

      • storminator16 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Nope, it isn’t. Shall we count the waves?

      • wethog66 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        You guys have specifics in regards to locker room drama because I have read nothing in the press besides Erat and Orlov wanting trades.

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