Former Bruin Oates named Capitals head coach

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Former Bruin Oates named Capitals head coach

On a day when hes already being considered for the Hockey Hall of Fame, former Bruins playmaking center Adam Oates was also named the 16th head coach in Washington Capitals history.

Oates was serving as an assistant coach on Pete DeBoers New Jersey Devils staff after having served as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was one of three finalists for the Washington job, a trio that included former Chicago Blackhawks assistant Mike Haviland.

Oates replaces outgoing coach Dale Hunter, who managed to cajole the temperamental Capitals into sacrificing their bodies and ice time for some playoff success and then opted to head back to the OHL Windsor Spitfires after giving the NHL a shot.

Oates ranks 16th among NHL all-time leading scorers with 1,420 career points and was one of the leagues best playmakers with stints most notably in Detroit, St. Louis, Boston and Washington. Oates had his best NHL season with the Bruins when he put up 142 points including 45 goals and 97 assists in 1992-93, and teamed up with Bruins President Cam Neely for his famous 50-goal campaign in 1993-94.

The head coaching job in Washington shows the work that he has put in since becoming an assistant coach starting in Tampa and in NJ, said Neely, in an email to CSNNE.com. Adam always had a great mind for the game.

Oates arrived in Boston via trade with the St. Louis Blues in 1992 in exchange for Craig Janney and Stephane Quintal, and was dealt to Washington five years later with Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet in exchange for Jim Carey, Anson Carter, Jason Allison and a third round pick that turned into Lee Goren.

Oates will also learn whether he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when the new class which should include Brendan Shanahan and Joe Sakic among others will be announced at 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.

 


 

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations. 

According to a report on Sportslogos.net, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.

There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.

The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.

The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis.