A few weeks ago, Adam Oates was officially named the new head coach of the Washington Capitals. Another former Caps player as coach? Fantastic. It now stands to reason that General Manager George McPhee is limiting his head coaching search these days to whomever is already on his speed dial.
But let's take a deep breath for a second and not overreact to the Oates signing.
Sure, Dale Hunter was a complete waste of time last year. Sure, it was another year of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole by turning a team with offensive talents into a defensive squad. Sure, the Caps have gone from a team with a great offense and a mediocre defense to a team with a mediocre offense and a mediocre defense.
But let's give Oates a chance.
Although we've got a limited coaching history to deal with, there are actually plenty of reasons to be positive about Adam Oates.
So why believe that the new Hall of Famer and former Caps great is ready to lead Alexander Ovechkin and company to greatness? I've got six reasons for you...