Found June 28, 2012 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
As an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, Adam Oates helped goal-scoring winger Ilya Kovalchuk became a better all-around player.Now he turns his attention to Alex Ovechkin. Oates, the latest Capitals head coach, will have his hands full getting Ovie back on a his superstar track.“Ilya is a great guy and he made those adjustments willingly and it was a huge part for him in the game,” Oates told reporters at a news conference in Washington D.C.. “Really, he had to be showed some things. He’s the same guy he was when I first met him, he’s a fabulous guy he just needed to learn a little bit about the game. Even the superstars need to be coached once in awhile.”Which brings us to Ovechkin, who has earned a reputation for coach-killing.“I think he’s a special player,” Oates told reporters. “In terms of adding a little bit to his game I think I can,” Oates said. “But he’s got to earn my trust as a coach first, along with the rest of the guys, and it will be a process that we’re s
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