Interesting that Zach Parise worked a lot with Adam Oates in New Jersey. Could mean the Caps might have a reasonable chance to sign him if they don't try to re-sign Semin. I'm not sure I really want the Caps overpaying for him though.
This is hilarious. I'm generally an optimistic guy, and I'll give Oates the benefit of the doubt, but it's just so predictable that GMGM went with the ex-Cap with no NHL head coaching experience...
Yep, I was predicting a former Cap, along with many others, although Oates was off my radar. My darkhorse candidate was Casey Jones
I am glad that we at least got someone with a proven offensive mind. But he will probably show up at Kettler with a blow torch and hack saw and fix everyone's twigs properly. Give them all a short flat pass happy tune.
We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals, said McPhee. Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach.
After the 200001 season, Adam Oates demanded a trade but management refused and stripped him of his team captaincy.
The Washington Capitals picked up Adam Oates' $3 million contract option for the 2001-02 season Saturday, beating a midnight deadline, but the veteran centre angrily demanded to be traded.
"I have no desire of coming back, and I'm not going to come back," Oates was quoted in Sunday editions of The Washington Post. "I'm going to ask them to trade me. . . . The Caps will do just fine without me."
lol that would be pretty damn funny if we signed Parise. I HIGHLY doubt it would happen, but just to see all the fanbases (Pittsburgh, NYR, NJ) cry about it and go "WTF??"
I'm fine with this hiring. This was a meticulous process, I'm confident they picked who they thought was the right man. So I trust them for now. I was honestly hoping for Haviland, but Oates it is! Hope we do well