WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly hired Capitals head coach Adam Oates says he liked what he saw scouting Washington last year while working as an assistant with the New Jersey Devils.
While scouting Washington in case the teams met in playoffs, Oates said Wednesday when he was introduced as the Capitals coach that he saw a team - coached by defensive-minded Dale Hunter, who replaced fired and up-tempo-inclined Bruce Boudreau earlier in the season - committed to the finer details of hockey.
Oates says he doesn't "see any reason to change that."
Capitals general manager George McPhee says he saw those traits - defending well, winning faceoffs and killing penalties - in Oates the player.
McPhee says "that part of the game is learned, and he learned it well."