Adam Oates hired as Capitals coach
Former Caps captain Adam Oates was hired by the team as its new coach on Tuesday.
Oates, 49, was most recently an assistant for the Devils for the past two seasons. Before that, Oates spent a year on the Tampa Bay Lightning staff. The Oates hire marks the fifth-straight hire by Caps general manager George McPhee as head coach with no prior head coaching experience.
The former NHL star had spent the last couple seasons helping turn Devils superstar Ilya Kovalchuk into a two-way player. He is said to pay extreme attention to detail and is credited with helping Zach Parise along in the past few seasons.
Former teammates have said that Oates will be a "players coach," and will promote a more offensive gameplan than the defensive-minded Dale Hunter, who left the team following its playoff run.
That offensive gameplan will surely please captain Alex Ovechkin, who flustered under Hunter's dump and chase style.
“Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons," McPhee said in a statement. "He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach."