No Oates love?
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08-11-2012, 09:10 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: New Hampster
My disdain for OC's berating Oates in front of the team drove a wedge in a hockey friendship with an old school guy who was adamant that 'it stays in the room' and was disgusted with Oates. I felt Adam told it like it was at the time, and that OC was just Harry's legbreaker, who did more harm to the team by embarrassing a veteran like Oates, who never wanted the spotlight, than Oates did by speaking out.
I don't think our relationship was ever the same, and it makes me sad to this day.
I was really surprised when I first heard that Oates was coaching as an assistant. I didn't think it would be in his character, but I was glad to see it. But I truly wonder if the spotlight of the Washington job will work out for him. I can't imagine him on HBO 24/7 or even the daily press grind. I wonder if the prima-donnas will listen to him.
I say that knowing very little about how he coaches. But I think it will be one of the most interesting stories, if we ever get a hockey season this year.
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