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A Failure to Change for Oates

It is seen as pretty much a foregone conclusion that in two weeks' time the Washington Capitals and Adam Oates will part ways.  The hall of famer looks to be leading the team to their first playoff miss since 2007, and looking rather listless in the process.  While I was a one-time supporter of Oates, I simply can't argue against his firing.  The question that is left, then, is where did things go wrong.  What was it that Oates failed to do?

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Who is at Fault?

Earlier today, Katie Carrera of the Post reported that winger Martin Erat feels his time in Washington is up and he would like to be traded elsewhere.  The 32-year-old Czech came to the Capitals at last year's trade deadline, along with Michael Latta, for first round pick Filip Forsberg.  Since that trade, each of those players has scored exactly once.  That is a fine number for young players like Latta and Forsberg, but Martin Erat is a proven double-digit scoring threat.  Something has obviously gone wrong here, but the question remains, who is responsible for this disaster?

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October 10 Pregame News & Notes

After what feels like another offseason, the Capitals will take the ice tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Verizon Center.  After facing off against three Western Conference foes to start the season, the Caps will get their first taste of life in the Metropolitan Division, even if it will still look like an old Southeast battle. 

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The Search Ends

The Washington Capitals have chosen former player, Adam Oates, as their replacement for Dale Hunter as head coach.  Oates will join the Capitals fresh off of a Stanley Cup finals appearance as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.  He spent the last two years with the Devils, after being an assistant for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Aside from those assistant gigs, Oates has never been a head coach at any level.

As a player, Oates played 19 years in the NHL, including parts of 6 seasons here in Washington.  Like Dale Hunter, he was a member of the 1998 Washington Capitals team that took the franchise to their only Stanley Cup finals.  He ended his career with 341 goals and 1079 assists in 1337 games and 5 All-Star Game selections. 

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