Caps' Oates wants to keep same style
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.''