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Hours before his big night, Adam Oates wasn't too nervous to crack a joke."I'm excited. That's why I was stuttering right there, yeah. I am very excited," Oates said Saturday afternoon. "I'm very excited to coach these guys. I think they're a great team and I'm excited to being a coach and just really looking forward to getting it going."
Even after general manager George McPhee conceded Saturday the Washington Capitals are close to naming an assistant coach, Adam Oates wasn't willing to say exactly who it would be. But the first-time head coach shed some light.