3 Items New Washington Capitals Coach Adam Oates Must Address

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3 Items New Washington Capitals Coach Adam Oates Must Address
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It is almost time for the new coach of the Washington Capitals, Adam Oates, to make his debut and see  how far he can take this talented team. On Saturday night, the Capitals travel to Tampa to take on the Lightning in the season opener for both teams.

Oates' rookie season will be an interesting one, to say the least. He has already had to weather the storm of a long lockout that eliminated almost half of the 2012-2013 NHL season.

Oates and pretty much his entire coaching staff endured the lockout better than most as they were co-coaches of the Caps' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, for a six-week span (Washington Post).

That will come in handy. The Caps had only a one-week training camp to try and learn not just a new system, but to get to know their new head coach, prior to the season opener against Tampa Bay.

By all indications, the Caps' abbreviated training camp went as well as could be expected (Washington Post). It sounds as though the players—and in particular the defense—have bought into Oates' system, and they have embraced his philosophy.

As the season is almost upon us, and despite all the issues that Adam Oates has already had to deal with, there are a few more for the Caps and for their chances for success this season.

Here are three items that new head coach Adam Oates must address now, and in the coming weeks.

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