Not that he would, but John Tortorella should never challenge Adam Oates to a fight. Oates doesn’t like that Torts has been bad-mouthing the Capitals, and when he was asked what would happen if the two were in a a one-on-one fight, well … he didn’t have to think about it.
In an interview with the Junkies Thursday that came off more like a state-of-the-franchise, Caps head coach Adam Oates seemed to lend some wisdom as to what direction the team will go in with its once young core of Ovi, Backstrom and Green.
Coach Adam Oates emphasized the importance of the Caps not letting up when they get a lead, a mentality they exercised in Game 1, scoring their third goal just 46 seconds after the second Thursday. They’ll have to “keep the pedal down” to hold serve at home against the Rangers in Game 2.
The Washington Capitals, a team breaking hearts every year in the playoffs. Along comes Adam Oates, and they go farther than ever before in his first full season. That was 1997-98, when the Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time, when Oates the player had six goals and 11 assists in the postseason.
The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets broke the seal on firing season in the NHL, showing some teams are short on patience even in a lockout-delayed year.
The Junkies broadcast live from Kettler Iceplex Monday morning during the Capitals abbreviated training camp. First-year head coach Adam Oates stopped by to offer his expectations for the team this season.
Adam Oates talks about the upcoming season and what to expect from the 2013 Caps
The Caps are generally excited about new coach Adam Oates’ scheme, believing that it combines the best of Boudreau’s aggressiveness and Hunter’s patience to produce a superior product, one that will first be on display when the lockout-shortened season opens Saturday at Tampa Bay.
The lockout is especially hard on Adam Oates because this was going to be his debut season in command of an NHL bench with the Washington Capitals.
The Washington Capitals announced they’ve re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman John Carlson to a six-year, $23.8 million contract.
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