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Oates enjoyed time in Washington, wants to keep coaching

May 10, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

Adam Oates

Adam Oates’ career as a head coach hasn’t gotten off to an ideal start, but he hopes being fired after two seasons with the Washington Capitals won’t also serve as the end of his time as a bench boss.

When asked on the Fan 590 if he wants to return as a head coach next season, Oates didn’t hesitate.

“Yes I would,” Oates said. “I really really enjoyed it since I got into coaching in Tampa … working with the Caps was fantastic.”

He helped Alex Ovechkin revitalize his game, resulting in the superstar forward winning the Rocket Richard Trophy in back-to-back campaigns. Ovechkin’s resurgence also played a big role in the Capitals making the playoffs in Oates’ first campaign as a head coach.

His sophomore season in 2013-14 didn’t go nearly as well as the Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

“You can have an off year, if anything we had a bit of an off-year this year,” Oates said. “We had a couple guys hurt, things didn’t quite go the way planned.”

He pointed to Randy Carlyle in Toronto as an example of a good coach having a rough campaign and praised Toronto’s decision to extend him in spite of the Maple Leafs’ late season collapse. He also brought up Mike Babcock, who didn’t do particularly well in his sophomore season with Anaheim back in 2003-04.

Oates certainly wouldn’t mind following in Babcock’s footsteps as the former Ducks coach has gone on to do great things in Detroit and is a 2013-14 Jack Adams finalists.

  1. notmrknowitall - May 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Terrible coach and should have worried more about keeping his players disciplined from both a defensive and cheap shot perspective. Maybe if he focused more on those issues than trying to protect his players after some blatant cheap shots on opposing teams he’d still have a job.

  2. cordellanderson - May 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Bring him to Edmonton as an Assistant coach for Eakins, and put him on the PP. He loves Edmonton, and I bet our PP would be 95% with him.

  3. capsnbohs23 - May 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Some of the things he did were questionable but he should keep coaching just not as a head coach

  4. fivetozeroingame7 - May 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    He never had a chance at that 3rd rate Employer.

  5. cliffatola - May 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    He’ll coach again, just won’t be a head coach. Good Luck.

  6. ndrick731 - May 11, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    He revived ovechkin’s career? Ovechkin was historically bad plus/minus this season. He is poor defensively to start with and lazy when not in the offensive zone. Oates allowed that all season and showed that he didn’t know what to do about it. Bench his ass for a week and keep doing it until he starts playing defense.

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