Damn it. I wanted the wings to trade some 4th liner for Oates so bad at the deadline. At least then he could have a legitimate chance to win the cup (and possibly resurrect the Hull and Oates line?). Thats one guy I didn't want to see go away empty-handed
i still dont get why oates signed with edm. i bet he regrets not signing with a contender
Probably why he signed with Anaheim before, he didn't want to go to a contender and win the Cup as a bench warmer he wanted to go places where he could be a go to guy, where he could give a team a real shot in the arm to make a difference, he did that in Anaheim big time, and in Edmonton, well I say he still did that, The season is over but Oates' leadership in that dressing room will linger in the minds and hearts of players in that dressing room for years to come.
I met Oates last week. He is an outstanding person. I was probably like the 100th person to talk to him that night, and he was very kind. Class act, and a wonderful career. Too bad he couldn't capture a Cup last summer.
He didn't bring a lot of offense to the table this year, but I think he taught the young guys on the Oilers a lot about how to be professionals, on and off the ice. Hate to see the guy walk away empty handed, but who knows? Based on how well he mentored a guy like Stoll, we might see him get a ring as a coach someday
Adam Oates was really great player and it is too bad that he never got to hoist Lord Stanley. I was hoping the Avs could have picked him up for cheap and helps us in a playoff run. Either way is one of the greatest playmakers of All-Time and it was great to see him play!