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Bartholomew Hunt

Adam Oates fired.

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Don't love this firing. The Capitals are a pretty average team. They fired Boudreau who is a pretty good NHL coach. Now after one full season with one training camp, the owner dumps Oates. A bit too early. Maybe Oates and Ovie didn't see eye to eye, and this is Leonsis sucking up to his superstar. That I could understand.

 

McPhee...that was a given.

 

I'm not 100% sure, but from what I've heard/read, Ovi really liked Oates.

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he is a pretty sh!t coach, his pp coaching for us was atrocious, i was laughing when the caps picked him up cos he's such a great player so clearly he's a great coach. 

 

Dead on.    I was glad he left here and he brought NOTHING to the table.

I'm not 100% sure, but from what I've heard/read, Ovi really liked Oates.

 

Maybe that was the problem.  There were several Caps players that demanded a trade because of Oates.

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Dead on.    I was glad he left here and he brought NOTHING to the table.

 

Maybe that was the problem.  There were several Caps players that demanded a trade because of Oates.

 

Though with Oates our guys were at least decent on faceoffs.  Since then (and even for many years before him) Devils were/are totally inept at them.

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A lot of analysis, both quantitative and anecdotal, suggested that Oates was an awful head coach.

Edited by StormJosh

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Can we get him to be our face-off coach? I remember Zajac taking big leaps in that area of the game. Of course that might just be a selective memory.

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Can we get him to be our face-off coach? I remember Zajac taking big leaps in that area of the game. Of course that might just be a selective memory.

 

Team faceoff numbers:

2011/12: 47.1% (last season with Oates)

2012/13: 48.2% 

2013/14: 47.0

Edited by Marshall

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Dead on.    I was glad he left here and he brought NOTHING to the table.

 

Maybe that was the problem.  There were several Caps players that demanded a trade because of Oates.

I cannot believe how we started out from the exact same place and now in times of struggle we're just so far apart.  Talk about a dead-fish change up...

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Team faceoff numbers:

2011/12: 47.1% (last season with Oates)

2012/13: 48.2% 

2013/14: 47.0

 

Zajac improved at faceoffs big time under Oates. I don't know if we can attribute that to his coaching, but it happened.

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Zajac improved at faceoffs big time under Oates. I don't know if we can attribute that to his coaching, but it happened.

 

He went from 52% pre-Oates to peak at 57% last year and now down to 55%. I'd be wary to read too much into the stats, since FO wins has so much to do with the wingers, but I tend to agree that Oates helped make him better at the dot. 

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He went from 52% pre-Oates to peak at 57% last year and now down to 55%. I'd be wary to read too much into the stats, since FO wins has so much to do with the wingers, but I tend to agree that Oates helped make him better at the dot. 

 

Again, I am not necessarily attributing his coaching to the improvement. However, in 2010-11 Zajac was one of the best in the league, especially in the first 55-60% of the season. He did fall off a bit after that though. Additionally, the 52% to 57% is a really solid jump, especially for a player who takes 1000+ faceoffs a year.

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Well on the plus side at least he can get the band back together with his brother John.

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I hope you're joking

 

My stupid phone didn't post the "eyeroll" picture I wanted it to..  But yes, I was being sarcastic..

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Again, I am not necessarily attributing his coaching to the improvement. However, in 2010-11 Zajac was one of the best in the league, especially in the first 55-60% of the season. He did fall off a bit after that though. Additionally, the 52% to 57% is a really solid jump, especially for a player who takes 1000+ faceoffs a year.

I think I recall Zajac saying something about how Oates suggested that he change the blade on his stick be made wider/taller and Zajac attributing his added success at faceoffs to that.

Edit: http://devils.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=546349

Edited by ATLL765

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So he must've changed it back afterwards then, to explain his drop? :P

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Speaking of former Devils players/coaches being fired: Carolina Hurricanes ‏@NHLCanes:

ALERT: #Canes relieve Muller, Lewis and MacLean of coaching duties.

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