NEWARK, NJ - MAY 29: Assistant coach Adam Oates of the New Jersey Devils watches from the bench during the media day skate at the AmeriHealth Pavilion the day prior to Game One of the Stanley Cup Final at Prudential Center on May 29, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Capitals Bring Calle Johansson Back Into The Fold

In making his first hire of an assistant, new Capitals coach Adam Oates turned to a familiar face.

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Adam Oates' Hiring 15 Years In The Making

Long before George McPhee offered the Capitals' head job to Adam Oates, the center had made his mark with his on-ice analysis.

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Adam Oates Press Conference: George McPhee Says Capitals New Coach Had 'The Most Upside'

The NBA Draft isn't until Thursday night, but Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee took a page from Jay Bilas' Book of Draft Lingo at a press conference Wednesday afternoon to introduce Adam Oates as the 16th head coach of the Washington Capitals franchise.

That's right, McPhee's already into our yearly quota of "upside!' Somebody get the trademark attorneys ready!

There wasn't much in the way of earth-shattering news Wednesday afternoon. There was more gushing on the part of McPhee about Oates.

Then there were some words from the man himself, beginning with an explanation of why the process took so long.

Also, there were some trenchant observations.

Looks like Oates' new charges shouldn't expect Dale Hunter hockey to completely die away, after all. And following the press conference, there was this meeting of the minds between the Verizon Center's main winter occupants.

For more on the hiring of Adam Oates, visit SB Nation's Capitals blog, Japers Rink. For the latest news and notes from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL hub page.

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Adam Oates Named Capitals Head Coach Reaction: 'I Believe He's Capable And Ready For It'

The announcement that Adam Oates would become the 16th head coach of the Washington Capitals was greeted with general approval by members of the hockey media, as well as by members of the Capitals and Oates' former team, the New Jersey Devils.

A sampling of the selection is below.

Yahoo's Greg Wyshynski:

At face, it's a smart move.
If it's up-tempo McPhee wants, it's up-tempo Oates will deliver. The idea of Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Ribeiro working with one of the best centers in NHL history - sixth all-time in assists - is tantalizing. The idea that Oates will take over the Capitals' power play - which ranked behind that of the Devils' last season - is encouraging.

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The major concern here isn't Oates' systems or game-plans. It's his inexperience.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello also endorsed Oates' hiring, telling Tom Gulliti of The Record

"It's something that he wanted and I'm just glad it worked out for him," Lamoriello said. "He's been great for us, solid in every way and it's a great opportunity for him. We're totally supportive of it."

Lamoriello's comments were echoed by Devils players, as well

As for what the Capitals players think, Oates has already apparently reached out to a certain Mr. Ovechkin.

The Washington Capitals star was wearing a wide grin Tuesday after learning that the team's new head coach, Adam Oates, has a track record of encouraging offensive play. That's a distinct departure from the defence-first system preached by previous boss Dale Hunter.


"It's not blocking the shots and it's not dump and chase," Ovechkin said during the NHLPA's executive board meetings. "Any system that I play I learn a lot. I'm an offensive guy, it's not a secret to anybody, and I'm pretty excited and very happy to hear the Caps signed that kind of guy who likes offence."

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Adam Oates Officially Named Washington Capitals Head Coach

The coaching search by the Washington Capitals has come to a close. The team officially named former Capitals captain Adam Oates as the new head coach on Tuesday, according to an article on the team's website.

Capitals General manager George McPhee commented the move.

We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals. Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons. He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach.

Oates had spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils. The official press conference to announce the move will take place at Verizon Center at 3 p.m.

Hopefully Adam Oates will continue the success that former head coach Dale Hunter had begun when he took over the previous year.

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers Rink. For the latest news and notes from around the league, check out SB Nation's NHL Hub.

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Adam Oates New Capitals Head Coach, According To Report

Its a swap of one former Washington Capitals player for another at head coach. Adam Oates, who spent six seasons as a player for the Capitals, will be named the new head coach of the Capitals, according to a tweet by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

Dreger's TSN colleague Bob McKenzie confirmed that tweet, saying that a formal announcement would come later Tuesday afternoon.

McKenzie added that Oates had been one of the three finalists for the position, along with former Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland and AHL head coach Jon Cooper.

Oates has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils after spending one season as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Oates had interviewed for the position more than one time so it was apparent that he was a strong favorite to return to Washington as a head coach.

The hope is that Oates will continue with defensive improvement and maybe add a bit more offensive excitement this season.

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers Rink. For the latest news and notes from around the league, check out SB Nation's NHL Hub.

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