Caps correspondent Brad Parker reacts to the Adam Oates hire.
Once again the Caps have hired a coach that has no head coaching experience on the NHL level. And for the second straight time they’ve hired a formal Capitals captain. So why is Adam Oates the right man for the job?
The most obvious issue over the past two seasons has been the lack of offense. Oates has had major success as an assistant guiding the power plays for New Jersey and Tampa Bay. Expect Ovechkin to finally move back to the wing on the PP, with Green and Carlson manning the blue line. All of this means more special teams goals, which means a happier Ovi and safer leads.
The key will be if he can let the team, which was built to be an offensive juggernaut, have the freedom to do what they do best while still being accountable on defense.
He seems to have the respect of the players. Jeff Halpern played with Oates in Washington and for him in Tampa. He says Oates has the “most elite hockey mind I’ve ever come acros...