Thread: Speculation: Has Adam Oates Been Fired Yet????
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02-22-2013, 12:51 PM
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I'm bound to be flamed for this, but I actually like a lot of what I'm seeing from this Oates coached team, at least from a system standpoint. Much of what is ailing the Caps are boneheaded plays, really sloppy fundamentals, and a talent deficiency (see the McPhee thread). As I asked last night, is there a team in the league that has as many pucks bouncing over their sticks? We are really struggling with accurate passes and controlling pucks. You can see the potential for plays to develop but then they die with a pass one foot too far in front or a pass bouncing off a stick.

Like others, I'm completely shocked that McPhee let Semin go the same year he brings Ribiero. Knowing that the young draftees are at least a couple seasons away, who did he expect to fill that role? WIth Semin on board, plus a healthy Orlov, Laich, and Green, this team would have been playoff caliber again.

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