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Oates was a fabulous passer and face-off man with great vision on the ice, but what I always respected about him most was that he did more with less natural talent than just about any NHL superstar ever. He wasn't a great skater, wasn't big, and his shot couldn't dent tissue paper. Yet somehow he was a borderline-HOF offensive force for years who also was solid on his own end.
He thought the game better than anyone, and if he can manage the personalities here, there's no one better to teach our hyper-talented guys how to go to the next level.
Everybody loves the assistant coach.
Parise is going to Pittsburgh.
With the exception of them both being scoring threats, yes. To underline the point, Oates was outstanding on the PK too.
Eat shit and die
So, how many people pick up their first head coaching gig and get elected to the HOF on the same day?
Congrats to Oates on the hall of fame honors today too.
I think the bigger impact is what he could mean to the development of NB19 and perhaps even helping Ribeiro mature his game. Of the 3 finalists, he was easily the #1 choice for me.
Who were the other two finalists?
I was always a fan of Oates, but not sure about the decision to name yet another popular former player to the HC position (what, were Rod Langway, Mike Gartner, and Gaetan Duchesne unavailable?), however after reading some of the background above I'm cautiously optimistic. Time for the Caps to start scoring again!
Former Chicago assistant Mike Haviland, who was just made the fall guy for their "failure" this year even though he was there went they went to the SCF and the players all respected him, and Jon Cooper, the coach of the Lightning's AHL team.
I was intrigued by Haviland because a lot of people think he'll be a head guy soon, but Oates was the best possible pick IMO.
Gaetan Duchesne's been dead for 5 years, so he was unavailable.
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Wow, I didn't know that - heart attack at age 44. RIP 14.
Only according to Pittsburgh Pierre.
Yea, way too young.
Coach Boudreau actually instituted the "Gaetan Duchesne Cup" for the winning team in the annual preseason intrasquad scrimmages. Really nice way to honor the man - I hope Oates keeps the tradition alive.
Cross him off, then!
Ted is absolutely against paying any coach a competitive salary, so with that in mind, I'm happy with the hire. For some reason I thought Oates didn't have that amicable a break-up with the organization though, or am I just mixing him up with Tocchett, who came in the same trade and fucking hates the Caps?
Ribero is a gigantic pick up BTW, I'm actually kinda shocked we competed at all last year after Backis went down.
I felt like I should have issued an amber alert for myself, just in case
Do you have some insider info regarding our salary competitiveness? I don't necessarily disagree since all our hires the last 15 years had ties to the organization and were rookie coaches. I assume rookie coaches would demand less money than retreads.
Nothing concrete that I can give up, but this isn't the first time that I've heard people pissed off because Ted didn't want to pay for a coach, so when you keep hearing it, make your choice. Just look at the last 10 years and who we ended up with. It's not a coincidence that we haven't had a coach that might demand a decent salary since Wilson
You are mixing him up with Tocchet. Came in the same deal as Oates but threw a fit and basically refused to play here. I think he played a few games and then left town as soon as he could. Say what you will about Ted & Co., but that would never happen today - the organization is a million times better now than it was then.
I don't understand this "Cheap Ted" meme. Oates would have been competitive for other jobs. Babcock and Torts weren't available, so who did you guys want the Caps to hire that would have cost big bucks?
See I think this is on McPhee's decision-making rather than Ted's wallet. Cassidy was a disaster hire, but I always thought that was based less on money (remember, the Caps had just signed Jagr to big bucks and would sign Lang as a FA shortly afterwards) than on McPhee thinking he was the smartest guy in the room. When Hanlon got the gig we were awful and weren't a desireable destination. Boudreau was an interim but earned the job with his results. Hunter was Hunter - an understandable hire I wouldn't have made, but not a horrible choice based on the lessons the team needed to pick up and who was out there at the time.
It's not like Ted hasn't opened his wallet for the good of the team - hell he paid Nylander all that money just to go away because it was better for the team. If he'd been cheap he could have forced GMGM and Boudreau's hands and told them to play him.
What coach is out there that would be a good fit, but would require a huge salary? Show me who we overlooked in this search. All the good coaches are already employed.
Oates was the best option available.
You could make an argument for Maurice (I wouldn't), who I believe was interviewed. Other than that, the rest of the finalists (Haviland, Cooper) are of similar or lesser pedigree. Best option or not, it doesn't appear the Caps went cheap.
Here is a link to his presser:
just traded wideman's rights to calgary and they arleady signed him, thank christ we got the fuck away from him
We somehow got a 5th rounder and a guy named Jordan Henry in the trade too just to get rid of that bum. Hallelujah!
Calgary gave him a 5 year deal worth $5.25mil per, lolololololol. Their management is beyond retarded, not just for this but because they're a team that desperately needs to rebuild not sign expensive, old pieces.
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