I'm hoping its Cooper but more than that I'm hoping that it's someone that will have the balls to tell George "hey you hired me to coach not to tell me this is the style were going to play" I really think it's GMGM pulling all the strings and the reason we're playing this crap defensive system.
It really is impossible for us to know if Oates is a good or bad hire until we see something from him. Obviously McPhee's "recycling," as mrwarden put it, is troubling, but we really don't have much information on which to judge Oates himself.
Since they're supposed to be interviewing Cooper this weekend I'll hold out hope that they haven't made up their mind yet (be it Oates or Cooper or Haviland etc.) and are merely into the final(?) round of cuts, as it were. Oates being a finalist isn't hard to fathom, but I don't think I want him being the guy in the end.
So Oates is a bad option simply because he played 6 seasons of a 20 year NHL career in DC?
I liked how the Devils played this year and on paper I really don't love their lineup, especially on the back end. If he was a major part of getting them playing as well as they did, specifically that relentless forecheck, I could get behind his his hire.
Agreed. The familiarity **** works when you have a solid pipeline for it to work. The Caps aint got **** in terms of a pipeline.
The fact that a candidate is familiar isn't an inherently good or bad thing. What's bad is the fact that McPhee seems to think it is an inherently good attribute. Like I said, that doesn't mean anything about Oates' actual suitability, but the fact that it seems to legitimately impact McPhee's decisions is pretty discouraging. Putting that aside, I actually like what I've seen and read of Oates so far.
Edit: I guess I worded that wrong. It's not that McPhee thinks it's an inherently good thing, but that he's risk-averse and I guess doesn't trust his own judgment enough to evaluate the candidates objectively and pick one he isn't already familiar with. Which is terrible.
Regardless of who he hires, I wonder if Haviland or Oates could be lured here as an assistant (assuming the new head coach is on board with it). Haviland being currently unemployed certainly makes him more plausible.
Personally I want a coach with a decent amount of NHL head coaching experience on his CV. But if they don't go that route I like how the Devils' played this year and I like how Oates is being credited with getting Kovalchuck to buy in to what they were doing.
I couldn't care less that he once played for McPhee's Caps as unlike Hunter, as far as I know at least, his association with this organization ended 10 years ago.
* Remember that Oates left a very unhappy camper.
* Remember that most of these people know each other. Its rare for a GM to hire a head coach that he doesnt know as its rare for a head coach to hire assistant coaches that he doesnt know.
* McPhee is not risk averse. It might be that he's not the wild wheeler-dealer that some want him to be, but he kept boudreau when it was widely expected he would be fired. hiring dale hunter was risk averse? it was risk personified. he has gone into the last three playoffs with rookies goalies. thats risk averse? its certainly not the safe play.
You can disagree with these moves and other things along the lines of his commitment to his youth, but the roles that he has given to varly, neuvy, holtby, alzner, carlson, johansson, and beagle among others was aggressive to very aggressive use of his youth when established veterans would have been much more conventional.
his not risk averse at all. he's just not bold the the direction that you want him to be.
But if they don't go that route I like how the Devils' played this year and I like how Oates is being credited with getting Kovalchuck to buy in to what they were doing.
My question is how much of their 5-on-5 systems can he be credited with and how good would he be at devising and tweaking those systems? I'd have confidence in his PP coaching but motivating and coordinating their overall game? I don't mind that he's an ex-Cap but he'd need a couple of quality assistants. Pretty much anyone will but I have (perhaps mistakenly) had the impression he's something of a PP specialist first and foremost. The PP is an important area of the game, particularly for this team, but his overall readiness is tough to gauge.