Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee announced today that former Caps captain Adam Oates will be the team’s new head coach. Oates will be making his head coaching debut in replacing Dale Hunter, who stepped down after this past season in which he took over as coach from Bruce Boudreau in November. Oates spent the past two seasons serving as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the New Jersey Devils. During his tenure in New Jersey, Oates helped transform a stagnant Devil’s offense into a scoring machine that propelled the team to the Stanley Cup Finals this year. Oates played 19 seasons in the NHL, including 6 with the Washington Capitals.
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