Adam Oates Might Be Just What Alex Ovechkin Needed

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Adam Oates Might Be Just What Alex Ovechkin Needed
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Success in pro sports being so star-driven, Adam Oates had no misconceptions when he got the job. If the Washington Capitals were ever truly going to be part of the Stanley Cup conversation again, if hockey was going to still matter in Washington — if Oates was going to last in his first NHL head coaching job — he knew he had to find a way to develop what Dale Hunter could not and Bruce Boudreau lost: an authentic connection with Alex Ovechkin.

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