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Topic - Brett Hull
Lindy Ruff had one stipulation when he agreed to meet with the Dallas Stars about their coaching vacancy.
In last year's playoffs, Ovechkin saw as his ice time dip as low as 13 minutes and 36 seconds, even as he was scoring goals and helping the Washington Capitals win. That was under Dale Hunter, who put an emphasis on defensive play. Don't expect any of that from new coach Adam Oates, who could be the perfect guy to take Ovechkin's career back to superstar levels.
As Adam Oates received his Hockey Hall of Fame blazer Sunday afternoon, one fan at Air Canada Centre yelled out: "Finally."
As Hull said, Ovechkin doesn't always need to be skated hard in practice to get production out of him.
"Coaches that never [were stars], they don't understand Ovechkin. Like Dale Hunter. How is Dale Hunter ever going to understand what's inside the mind of Ovechkin? He can't. Adam Oates can," said Hull, who scored more than a third of his career goals with Oates as his linemate. "He understands the mind of a superstar scorer and the ego that goes with it and what it takes to satisfy that ego. And the ego I'm talking about isn't a bad thing; it's a hunger within that guy."