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The Oates Plan

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,

As the new head coach of the Washington Capitals, Adam Oates said he plans to implement a style similar to what he saw from the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals: An in-your-face brand of hockey that dictates the course of a contest, balancing offensive intensity with sound defense.

What he doesn’t want to change in the slightest, though, is the attention to detail Washington showed in the playoffs under the previous coach — and Oates’s former Capitals teammate — Dale Hunter. He wants that exact level of commitment in adhering to a game plan.

“I really feel the game today is territory. You have to establish territory and protect it,” Oates said Wednesday during his introduction at Verizon Center. “I look at the Caps’ lineup and the talent level and I don’t see any reason why we can’t push the pace, be an aggressive team, but at the same time not sacrificing defense and protecting our goalie. That requires commitment all over the ice.”


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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

This is another reason why Parise will probably stay in NJ. I know Kenny is practically married to everyone on the team, but I wish he wouldn’t be so damned afraid to trade. Obviously, we need 2 big pieces on the D, but there needs to be a shake up up front as well.

I have this sneaking suspicion that the Wings will call a news conference post July 1st announcing they signed Quincey (3 years) and Homer (1 year). Holland will then say, “we are happy with our team especially with some of the young guys coming up this year. We will stand pat until the trade deadline and reassess.”

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/28/12 at 11:50 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

holy crap. what am i talking about? oates is going TO washington. thanks alot, brain.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/28/12 at 02:24 PM ET

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