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  • Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates (center) talks to captain Alex Ovechkin (left) as right wing Joel Ward (right) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Adam Oates to Alex Ovechkin: 'You are the man'

    Putting the 27-year-old offensive superstar into all-around situations is what the Caps' coach called "part of evolving his game." Oates won't treat Ovechkin like a liability in one-goal games like Dale Hunter did. Instead, he relies on Ovechkin in all situations.

  • Capitals coach Adam Oates (left) talks with left wing Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday during a scrimmage against the Reading Royals at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Adam Oates could be perfect coach for Alex Ovechkin

    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.

  • Washington Capitals CEO Dick Patrick, Founder and Chairmen Ted Leonsis , and Vice President and General Manager George McPhee, introduce new head coach Adam Oates during a press conference at Verizon Center on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Washington D.C. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington TImes)

    DALY: Adam Oates a smart choice for George McPhee

    Each coach the Washington Capitals have hired in recent years has brought something different to the table. Bruce Boudreau made a moribund club exciting by teaching it, in almost Don Coryell fashion, to Unleash the Offensive Fury. Dale Hunter was brought in last November to instill toughness and responsibility, and the Caps' gritty play in the postseason suggests they've progressed in that area.

  • Capitals president Dick Patrick (left) , owner Ted Leonsis (second from left) , and general manager George McPhee (right) enjoy a light moment as Adam Oates is introduced as the team's coach at Verizon Center. Oates played parts of six seasons with Washington from 1997-2002. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington TImes)

    Capitals consider Adam Oates a difference-maker

    The Washington Capitals were on the clock to find a new coach since May 14. They needed a replacement for Dale Hunter, but general manager George McPhee was in no rush.

  • Ex-captain Adam Oates hired as Capitals coach

    Once again, a Washington Capitals leadership baton is passed from Dale Hunter to Adam Oates.

  • Adam Oates was named the Capitals' coach despite never having served as a head coach at any level. He did, however, construct a Hall of Fame playing career by scoring 341 goals and amassing 1,079 assists in 19 seasons. Below, as a member of the Capitals, he was honored for playing in his 1,000th NHL game. (Associated Press)

    Adam Oates named Capitals' coach, then is selected for Hall of Fame

    Everyone knew the Washington Capitals needed a different approach when Dale Hunter announced he wasn't returning. Defensive, shot-blocking hockey had some success, and Bruce Boudreau's previous style of run-and-gun hockey had a little, too.

  • Dale Hunter was the fastest coach in Ontario Hockey League history to reach 400 victories, doing so in 599 games with the London Knights, before he agreed in November 2011 to take over as coach of the Capitals. Hunter decided not to return for the 2012-13 season.(Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Dale Hunter back behind the bench with the London Knights

    As Dale Hunter left his post as Washington Capitals coach, one thing was clear: He was going home, back to London, Ontario, and the Knights, the Ontario Hockey League team he co-owns along with his brother Mark.

  • Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee won't rush to select his team's next coach. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Capitals GM George McPhee taking his time to select next coach

    George McPhee doesn't look like a man in a hurry. The vacancy sign has been up for a Washington Capitals coach for a month now since Dale Hunter's unsurprising departure, but the urgency to make a move before next weekend's NHL draft isn't there.

  • London Knights captain Jarred Tinordi is a huge reason why his team is in the Memorial Cup final. (Craig Glover/Special to The Washington Times)

    Jarred Tinordi's continued development bodes well for NHL goal

    Mike Stancik played for the Washington Little Capitals from 2001-2003 when they were coached by ex-Caps defenseman Mark Tinordi. He remembers practice goalie Jarred Tinordi very well.

  • Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter comes stands in the bench area before the start of the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in game six of the NHL eastern conference playoffs semifinals at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    SNYDER: Family business suits Dale Hunter best

    The fans who wildly cheer the team wanted Dale Hunter back. So did the players, firmly convinced that his way is the right way. Officials in the organization wanted Hunter back, too, enamored with his firm hand and no-nonsense approach.

  • Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter answers questions from reporters during the Caps' last Media Day at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Monday, May 14, 2012, following their elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 7 of the National Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinals again the New York Rangers. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Hunter steps down as Capitals coach

    Brooks Laich tried to convince Dale Hunter to stay as Washington Capitals coach. He joked that Hunter could have his house and he'd move into an apartment if that was necessary.

  • Dale Hunter out as coach of Washington Capitals

    Dale Hunter is finished as coach of the Washington Capitals after less than one full season, telling the team he wants to return to his family in Canada.

  • Dale Hunter quits as coach of Washington Capitals

    For quite some time, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee tried to persuade former player Dale Hunter to return to the team as its coach. This season, McPhee finally got his man _ just not for very long.

  • A dismayed Jason Chimera skated away as New York Rangers players celebrated a goal by Michael Del Zotto (4) in the third period of Game 7 on Saturday night. (Associated Press)

    Capitals' expectations unmet

    In the minutes after the Washington Capitals' season ended Saturday night, coach Dale Hunter talked about how this particular defeat to the New York Rangers felt. "They feel all the same," he said.

  • New York Rangers center Brad Richards celebrates Michael del Zotto's game-winning goal in the third period against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their second-round series. The Rangers won 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Capitals' season ends with 2-1 Game 7 loss to Rangers

    Alex Ovechkin sat at his stall in full uniform, interviews long over. It wasn't hard to judge the look on his face; he was a defeated man after the Washington Capitals' season ended Saturday night with a 2-1 Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the New York Rangers.

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