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WASHINGTON – For George McPhee and the Washington Capitals, the time is most certainly now. In the hiring of Adam Oates as the 16th coach in franchise history, McPhee made it clear that he is going for it.
“We wanted to go hire the guy with the highest upside,” McPhee said Wednesday as he introduced Oates. “A guy who could really be a difference maker. It’s not unlike what we do in the draft. Go in there, and try to find the difference makers, try to find the players with the most upside and really swing for the fences. We believe Adam Oates is a guy who has lots of upside and can be a real good coach for our club.”
Oates, who was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, is widely regarded as one of the best offensive players in the history of the National Hockey League. In 1,337 NHL games, Oates recorded 341 goals and 1,097 assists – one of only 11 players in history to pass the millennium mark in helpers. Immediately, he hopes that he ...