You have to go with the best french coach available
We ****ed that up too, since Hartley was available and infinitely better than Therrien. So was Roy, and look what he's done in Colorado. But oh no, Roy couldn't ever adjust to the NHL, he's too loud and crazy. Sigh, Roy would have been perfect.
I'll throw my name in the Adam Oates hat. Someone suggested earlier that if you ask fans of any team if they want the coach fired, 75% would say yes. While I'm sure that was intended to be hyperbole, the Caps board poll indicates that more than 91% of HFCaps wants Oates out.
The guy plays a system designed to give up shots, cede ground through the neutral zone, and avoid controlled zone entries. In other words, the Caps' gameplan is to give up the puck, then let the other team come at them with speed, and then let them shoot. What could go wrong?