I'll withhold judgement until I see his style. The no NHL head coaching expereince thing doesn't bother me. He always struck me as a quiet leader as a player, was he still that way in NJ or was he more vocal?
@TSNBobMcKenzie: WSH will make formal announcement in about 30 minutes that Adam Oates is the new coach of the Capitals. Just as @DarrenDreger reported.
I'd like Haviland as an assistant for the forwards if he's open to it.
He at least has the reputation of a good skill development guy and that's certainly needed. Beyond that, very curious how he'd deal with adversity.
I'd be worried about Haviland if Oates isn't familiar with him. If a personality clash (or whatever) was what got him canned in CHI, I'd be afraid of immediately bringing him in with a new coach. Unified message is what I'd prefer here.
That said, they might get along well and I do like Haviland otherwise.