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Consultant Adam Oates

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

This is the busy season for former Bruins center Adam Oates, darting across North America for the better part of 90 days, June through August, to work one-on-one with his 50-plus NHL player/clients as the game’s consummate Mr. Fix It.

Oates, 56, hung out his shingle four years ago as sole proprietor of Oates Sports Group, dedicated to enhancing his clients’ skill level, particularly their offensive production. Results have been strong.

According to Oates, 37 of his players reached career-high point totals last season, including Ryan O’Reilly. The Blues pivot posted personal bests in assists and points, then opened a postseason hardware store by winning the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP for the Cup-winning Blues and added the Selke as the NHL’s top defensive forward.

“I love the life,” said Oates, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, and today ranking 18th all time in NHL scoring (1,420 points). “I love working with the guys.”

There is, as Oates calls it, a “secret sauce” to what he teaches, and it’s no surprise he protects the recipe.

“You go to McDonald’s for a Big Mac . . . you pay for it, they hand you one, right?” he mused recently when reached on the road in Minnesota. “They don’t tell you what goes into the sauce.”

It has long been a mystery here why NHL teams, for all the training and coaching methods they’ve devised and embraced over the last 30 years, haven’t carved out space for a scoring coach the way, say, baseball teams have added hitting coaches.

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Adam Oates The Individual Coach

from Matt Higgins and Curtis Rush of the New York Times,

Adam Oates was an unemployed N.H.L. coach in the spring of 2015 when he tuned in to watch the N.B.A. finals.

At one point, the broadcast turned to a discussion about LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his use of a private shooting coach, Idan Ravin, who had also worked with Kobe Bryant and others. Oates already knew that the Dallas Mavericks’ sharpshooting forward, Dirk Nowitzki, had been tutored by a coach, Holger Geschwindner.

“It got me thinking that there might be some guys that want a little extra attention or extra thoughts, depending on their schedule,” Oates said of N.H.L. players. “So I reached out to a couple guys, and every single guy said, ‘Yeah, I’d love that.’”

Oates, a Hall of Fame center, knew from a 19-year playing career, a stint as a coach for the Washington Capitals from 2012 to 2014, and his time as an assistant for the Devils that an N.H.L. staff scarcely has time to devote to individual players. He also knew that in the past dozen years, players have been ramping up their commitment to nutrition, fitness and skill development.

“We’re trying every new pill, shake, workout — trying to improve, right?” he said about his pitch. “I’m like, ‘O.K., why don’t you work on your craft?’”


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Ovechkin at fault for Capitals’ playoff faltering

From the New York Post's Larry Brooks...

Yes, yes, it’s true. Despite having played on two Presidents’ Trophy winners and six division champions, Alex Ovechkin never has advanced to even the conference championship round during his 11 years as a Capital, but this dubious achievement now comes with a hashtag.

As in: #StupidUnfairPlayoffFormat.

Of course, no format can quite explain away how Washington — with Ovechkin, but three different head coaches (Bruce Boudreau, Adam Oates, Barry Trotz) — has lost five series with home-ice advantage and another while holding a 3-1 series lead since 2009.

Ovechkin may have outplayed Sidney Crosby this time, but the fact is even if the Great 8 was not the overriding problem, he was not the solution. Again.

He is a great athlete and a compelling one, but is it not fair to wonder when the best player in the league is going to be the best player in the playoffs, even once?

To those singing the “It wasn’t Ovechkin’s fault” chorus: Some of it kind of was.

Brooks continues, discussing the Sharks' rebuild-on-the-fly, Brian Boyle, the Rangers' coaching plans and the Florida Panthers' coaching and front office moves.

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Adam Oates On Improving The Game

from Joe Pack of Sportsnet,

Adam Oates wants change in the NHL.

The former player, coach and now skills consultant penned a piece in the Players’ Tribune Friday, recalling how he studied Wayne Gretzky tapes as a youngster and how he sees the NHL can improve scoring and stay ahead of the curve.

While the hockey community has been wringing its hands over the perceived lack of scoring and the size of both ice surfaces and goaltending equipment, Oates says the game needs smarts and not just blind speed.

"With Gretz, the magic was all about how he manipulated his opponent through misdirection," wrote Oates. "Wayne’s footwork when he was handling the puck at a standstill was just as impressive as when he was skating full-speed down the wing.

"There’s always going to be a ton of guys who can skate, especially with the emphasis now on training and athleticism. But there’s not enough of a premium on players with the brains or the hands to be real playmakers."


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Matheson ponders Rick Nash’s disappearing act and more in Hockey World columns

The New York Rangers' salary structure is quite top-heavy, so both the Rangers' beat writers and those following the team from afar have suggested that the Rangers will have to use a cap-compliance buyout on either Rick Nash or Brad Richards.

The combination of Brad Richards' resurgence under Alain Vigneault (to the tune of 51 points for his Capgeek-listed $6.67 million cap hit) and Rick Nash's struggles (39 points in 63 games and a no-show come playoff time for a cap hit of $7.8 million) have those in the know suggesting that Nash is the odd man out.

This morning, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson wonders where Nash's game went given that the 6'4," 213-pound winger's become a perimeter player in the first of three "Hockey World" columns:

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Adam Oates Statement

via the Washington Capitals PR department...

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick, George McPhee, our coaching staff, the players and everyone involved with the Washington Capitals organization. It was a tremendous honor to coach the Capitals these past two seasons. It is a great franchise with a wonderful fan base that will always be close to my heart. I’m grateful for the opportunity they provided me and wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

Please note that this is the extent of Adam’s statement and he will not be making any additional comments at this time. 

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The Bigger Question Should Be Will Ovechkin Adjust?

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

Meeting with reporters on Thursday, Oates did not backtrack on Wednesday’s description of Alex Ovechkin quitting on a play that led to a goal by Dustin Jeffrey in Tuesday night’s 5-0 loss to the Stars.

The bigger issue, Oates said, is that his 28-year-old captain recognizes his shortcomings and addresses them.

“I didn’t talk to him yet about that particular play,” Oates said. “We will. The message is the same message I tell him all the time.

“It’s a shame because he actually pushed hard up the ice [into the offensive zone] and I’m sure when he turned around he saw we had three guys back and figured they’d get the job done and they didn’t.”

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FYI, Ovechkin did not meet with the media today.

added 3:42pm, Aaron Ward of TSN breaks down the latest Ovechkin mistake, watch it below too...

added 3:33pm, from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

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Morning Line

“We played a solid game in Toronto. We played lousy tonight. Lousy. We get a lead and we still don’t do the right things even though on the third goal that we scored we get the goal from doing the right thing. [Brooks Laich’s] goal came from what we talk about all day long. We’re up 3-1 and the next shift we turn it over twice. That’s mental to me.

“You’re up 3-1, maybe you think it’s an easy night and then all of a sudden they get the puck again. We got the goals from doing the right things. We’ve got to be disciplined in who we are — even our fancy guys, probably from the fancy guys first. Some guys they know that they’ve got no choice [but to stick to simple plays] but guys with choices still gotta put it deep.”

-Adam Oates, head coach of the Washington Capitals after losing to Ottawa last night.  More from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.

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Adam Oates Has An Issue With The Hertl Goal

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Capitals Coach Adam Oates can appreciate the cool play, but sides with those who don’t see that type of goal as appropriate.

“I’m upset. I was just talking to George [McPhee] and he said all the kids do that nowadays, which I understand. But would he have done it on his first goal?” Oates said. “He hasn’t scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway, is he going to do that on his breakaway? We’ll see.

“I think it was a little bit of a mood thing, which I’m sure they talked about, because they didn’t play him after that,” Oates continued. “I’m glad the coach did that because this league, it will bite you if you’re not sharp. Don’t disrespect the league. I’m sure it was a rookie mistake.”

During Oates’s playing days, a goal like that would have brought at least a fight or a solid slash from a goaltender, if not more.

more and if you missed or want to see the goal again, watch it below...

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Ovi And Oates Together In Moscow

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

In the middle of August, as his offseason was winding down, Alex Ovechkin received a phone call. Told he needed to pick up a first-time visitor to Russia, he promptly drove to Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow and came upon a one-time Ontario hayseed whose only concept of that part of eastern Europe was “Rocky IV.”

“Ovi!” Adam Oates called.

“What’s up, Coach?”

Over the next 24 hours or so, the three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner and coach of the Washington Capitals spent time on the ice, in front of Oates’s computer watching an Ovechkin highlight video of last season and finally at a chic Moscow restaurant watching a World Cup qualifier with Ovi’s boys.

“He came to me,” Ovechkin said on the first day of training camp, sounding genuinely moved that Oates crossed two continents to visit him at home. “He work out with me. He show me some things. He showed me highlights and talk to me.”

Asked what Oates communicated that day, Ovechkin replied, “He told me I had good season, but I could be better.”

That’s about right, Oates confirmed.


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Oates Says No To Olympics Participation

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

The NHL and the NHL Players Association are meeting with the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation today and tomorrow in New York to determine whether the league will allow its players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

One person who doesn’t believe NHL players should take part in the Olympics is Capitals Coach Adam Oates, even though he understands how it can help promote hockey.

“You know what, I don’t. I don’t. My honest answer is no,” Oates said Wednesday to a small group of reporters in Tampa. “Is it good for hockey that they do it? Great. But I grew up trying to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, not Team Canada. Didn’t even know it existed.”


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Time To Honor The Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees

The induction ceremonies can be watched tonight beginning at 7:30pm ET on NHL Net US and TSN in Canada.

from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s too bad NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman weren’t at the fan forum leading up to Monday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, especially given the pessimism that currently surrounds the labor talks. It’s too bad the two leaders couldn’t have seen firsthand the kind of special bond that exists between fans and players -- in this case, Hall of Fame inductees Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Pavel Bure and Mats Sundin -- the kind of relationship the lockout puts at risk. 

Several fans told Bure that he was the reason they became hockey followers. Another fan spoke with reverence at a memory of Sakic stopping during a Stanley Cup celebration to get his young son a drink of water. 

Many of the 250 or so fans crammed into the Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto were sporting jerseys with the inductees’ names on the back. 

Funny that during an hourlong question-and-answer session Sunday, an annual event since 1999, when Wayne Gretzky was inducted, not one question was asked about the lockout. It was certainly a measure of the respect that the fans have for the four inductees and maybe, just maybe, a reflection of the anger and apathy that threatens the game during the second lockout in the past eight years. 



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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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Afternoon Line

“It’s not blocking the shots and it’s not dump and chase.  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.”

-Alex Ovechkin on the hiring of Adam Oates as head coach of the Washington Capitals.  More from Ovechkin by Chris Johnston of the CP at TSN.

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Report- Adam Oates New Coach In Washington

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Hearing Adam Oates new head coach in Wash.

added 1:28pm,

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Adam Oates the team’s head coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

“We are very pleased to name Adam Oates as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals,” said McPhee. “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.”


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Adam Oates Wants To Get Back Into The Game

via Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Adam Oates was out at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon today talking with Rick Tocchet and Brian Lawton for quite sometime. Apparently Oates is looking to get back into the game in some kind of capacity and he might wind up as a power play coach/consultant that would float between Norfolk and Tampa Bay helping out in that capacity. While nothing appears imminent at this point, with Oates in town you can bet there are some serious discussions taking place and that Oates will be brought into the fold in the very near future.

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Bolts May Turn To Oates For Power Play Help

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It’s a long way from being official, if it happens, but the Tampa Bay Lightning is considering former NHLer Adam Oates as an assistant coach who will work almost exclusively with the power play. Oates, a center and power-play specialist in a 19-year NHL career, was a teammate of Lightning coach Rick Tocchet with the Bruins, Capitals and Flyers.


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