Thread: Speculation: Has Adam Oates Been Fired Yet????
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03-04-2013, 07:41 PM
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i found it interesting that Ovi wanted to move back to LW, and Oates let him. Only, Oates played him with grinders. Everyone jumped off a bridge and decided our only scoring winger must have been demoted.

Oates supported his me me me game at LW. He flies in and shoots before anyone can join the play. Why waste top assets on that line if thats what Ovi wanted to do?

Of course it failed fans freaked out and swore it was a demotion to the bitter end. Oates let him stew in it for a few games to get his point across, and then moved him back to RW with Ribs. I think he is back to ~5 shots / game since then.

Oates is a cerebral dude few here know what is going on. Thanks for that great post CCF.

I still laugh at everyone that said it was a demotion. Like he would demote Ovi 3 games into the year; all in a new system, with a position change, and an invisible linemate, or... more like 2

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