Originally posted on Mr. Irrelevant  |  Last updated 1/10/13
Hockey is back, so our Caps correspondent Brad Parker is too. Welcome. As Caps fans know, the offseason after a crushing playoff loss seems excruciatingly long. But this offseason actually has been that long. Now that the lockout is over, we have a 48-game sprint to the playoffs. Here’s what you need to know to start the short season in midseason form. 1. The Things You Knew, But Forgot – GMGM hired Adam Oates to coach the Caps, which means he has never been a head coach anywhere, ever, just like Dale Hunter, Bruce Boudreau, Glen Hanlon and Bruce Cassidy before him. (Seriously, remember when Bruce Cassidy was our coach?) Oates will implement an offensive style of play Ovi and the boys will love, but is one week of camp enough to get acclimated? – We finally have that 2C we’ve needed for years in Mike Ribiero, who the Caps signed from Dallas. – Ain’t it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind, yes I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind. Caps fans have complained about him for years,
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