|NHL||Second All-Star Team||1990-91|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||1996-97, 1993-94, 1992-93, 1991-92, 1990-91|
|ECAC||First-Team All-Conference Team||1984-85|
|NCAA||East First All-American Team||1984-85, 1983-84|
|NCAA||Championship All-Tournament Team||1984-85|
|ECAC||Second-Team All-Conference Team||1983-84|
|4/03/2004||Announced his retirement.|
|11/17/2003||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers to a one-year contract.|
|6/30/2003||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will not exercised their contract option for the 2003-04 season.|
|11/27/2002||Missed 15 games (broken left hand).|
|11/26/2002||Broken left hand, day-to-day.|
|10/25/2002||Broken left hand, early December.|
|10/24/2002||Broken left hand, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/01/2002||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|3/19/2002||Acquired from the Washington Capitals.|
|11/08/2001||Missed 3 games (sore left ankle).|
|11/02/2001||Sore left ankle, day-to-day.|
|6/30/2001||Washington Capitals exercised their contract option.|
|11/17/2003||Signed as an unresticted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers.|
|7/01/2002||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.|
|3/19/2002||Washington Capitals traded Adam Oates to the Philadelphia Flyers for Maxime Ouellet, a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd round selections in 2002.|
|3/01/1997||Washington Capitals traded Jason Allison, Jim Carey, Anson Carter and a 3rd round selection (Lee Goren) in 1997 to the Boston Bruins for Bill Ranford, Adam Oates and Rick Tocchet.|
|2/07/1992||Boston Bruins traded Craig Janney and Stephane Quintal to the St. Louis Blues for Adam Oates.|
|6/15/1989||Detroit Red Wings traded Adam Oates and Paul MacLean to the St. Louis Blues for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney.|
|6/28/1985||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings.|
Mike Haviland leaves Capitals' AHL affiliate | 05/09/2014 3:56 PM
NewsMike Haviland has decided to leave his post as the Hershey Bears' coach to serve behind the bench at Colorado College.
ImpactHaviland was one of the top candidates to become the Washington Capitals' bench boss in 2012, but the job went to Adam Oates instead. Oates was recently fired from that post.
Exit interviews hurt Adam Oates and McPhee | 04/27/2014 10:05 AM
NewsA major reason for the firing of coach Adam Oates and the non-renewal of GM George McPhee was the players exit interviews.
ImpactAll did not go well for Oates and McPhee as owner Ted Leonsis and team President Dick Patrick did not like what was said. "When we spoke to all of the individuals, we said, 'We know this is uncomfortable and you should be able to tell us whatever you want or tell us nothing, but whatever you tell us is just going to be between me and Dick because we're seeking out information,'" Leonsis said. The Capitals will now hire a new GM who will hire a new head coach.
Caps fire coach Adam Oates, GM George McPhee | 04/26/2014 10:51 AM
NewsThe Washington Capitals have fired head coach Adam Oates and will not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee.
ImpactDespite Alexander Ovechkin leading the NHL in goals, the Caps did not make the playoffs.
Adam Oates doesn't like shootouts | 12/27/2013 9:59 AM
NewsWashington Capitals coach Adam Oates isn't a fan of shootouts.
ImpactThat's despite the fact that the Capitals have an 8-3 record in shootouts this season. "I don't believe in them," he said. "I know the fans like it, but that's because it has kind of a carnival effect. I mean, I get it. It's in the rules, but maybe because I never played with it, I don't really like it very much." The NHL has shown signs that they want to see less shootouts. They excluded shootout wins when determining the number of victories each team has for the top playoff tiebreaker, which gives teams added incentive to finish tied contests in the overtime period. There's also been talk of extending overtime to reduce the likelihood of a shootout. At the same time, it doesn't look like the skills competition is going to go away entirely as it guarantees that no game will end in a tie without the risk of contests continuing indefinitely.
Coach Adam Oates upset with veteran Caps | 11/23/2013 11:47 AM
NewsWhile he didn't name names, Washington coach Adam Oates blamed senior members of the Capitals for a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Friday night.
Impact"Tonight I'm a little more mad at the older guys for [not] helping the young kids out," Oates said, presumably referring to mistakes by Mikhael Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom and Martin Erat, all of which led to Montreal goals. "We cant expect to win games going down 3-0," said Troy Brouwer, who tried to get things going with a first-period fight with P.K. Subban and a team-high six hits. "It's been a big problem of ours all season long, getting down by goals. We have the ability in this room to come back, but you're not going to be able to do it every night." Asked what could generate better starts, Brouwer quipped: "Maybe we need better music or something. We need to find a way to get better."
Braden Holtby wants more pregame focus | 11/01/2013 10:50 AM
NewsCapitals goaltender Braden Holtby seems to be at odds with some of his teammates when it comes to how Washington is preparing for games.
Impact"You see too much of guys joking around and listening to music and just looking really loose, like it's a practice," Holtby said. "We're paid to prepare, [not to] have a dance party before the game." On the other hand, Nicklas Backstrom feels that individual players can be trusted to get ready for games in their own way. Capitals coach Adam Oates, who referred to himself as a "jokester" in the leadup to games during his playing days, agreed with Backstrom. Meanwhile Washington is 5-7-0 this season.
Capitals' slow starts have been costly | 10/16/2013 8:48 AM
NewsThe Washington Capitals have been outscored 9-4 in first periods this season.
ImpactThose slow starts have led to Washington's 2-4-0 record. "We've got to figure out a way to just be focused earlier," Coach Adam Oates said. "The biggest thing that's frustrating is the passing for me. You're passing it to your buddy, you put it in his feet and you put him in a difficult situation. We've got to conquer that, and we will." Even on Monday when they beat Edmonton 4-2 and were tied through 20 minutes, the Capitals were only able to get three shots on goal in the first period. They'll play another struggling team on Wednesday in the New York Rangers.
Capitals coach not overreacting to slow start | 10/12/2013 11:50 AM
NewsCapitals coach Adam Oates wants his team to stay the course despite the slow start.
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ImpactThe Capitals are 1-3 at the start of the season and their second line has no points at even strength. "Obviously we want wins, but I told the boys (Friday), we did a lot of good things," Oates said. "Our team is not a team that I think has problems scoring goals. We are right now, but that's not going to be our forte. Keep playing the way we're playing. ... That's the message, and if it means at some point we've got to shake it up, I'll shake it up. But I don't think it's a chemistry thing right now."
Oates not ready to mix up lines | 10/09/2013 10:40 AM
NewsThe Washington Capitals aren't looking to mix up their lines just yet.
ImpactWashington has been great with the man advantage, but has been outscored 9-to-3 in even-strength situations. "I'm really not worried about it at all," Oates said Tuesday. "We know what guys can do. We have a lot of guys who need a couple goals and relax. I'm a very patient guy when it comes to that. You've got to give a guy a fair amount of time to let everything happen." Washington will try to do better in that regard on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Capitals off to great start with man advantag | 10/04/2013 9:05 AM
NewsThe Washington Capitals have converted on five of their first nine power-play chances.
ImpactWashington was the NHL's top power-play team last season and has the tools to make that happen again. Of course, Washington hasn't had much difficulty scoring goals in even-strength situations either in this very early stage of the season.
Capitals will host Winter Classic in 2015 | 09/21/2013 11:49 AM
NewsThe NHL has made it official that the Washington Capitals will host the Winter Classic in 2015.
Impact"The excitement of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic continues to grow, and bringing the 2015 event to the D.C. area will write another chapter in the game's great history of entertainment," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We are looking forward to being in Washington with the Capitals' great fans."
Report: Capitals to host 2015 Winter Classic | 09/20/2013 10:17 AM
NewsThere have been multiple reports suggesting that the Washington Capitals will host the 2015 Winter Classic.
ImpactThe news still hasn't been publicly released, although the Capitals have stated that they will make a "major announcement" on Saturday. The venue is still unknown, although Nationals Park is the likely location. The Capitals opponent also still isn't known. Washington played in the 2011 Winter Classic, but this will be their first time hosting the event.
Caps release seven sunday | 09/15/2013 10:45 AM
NewsThe Washington Capitals made seven cuts from their pre-season roster Sunday.
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ImpactThe team released forwards Boston Leier and Chance Braid, defensemen Garrett Haar, Jaynen Rissling, Madison Bowey and Tyler Lewington and goalie Louis-Philip Guindon. None were expected to crack the team's lineup.
Caps and Flyers prospect game returns in '13 | 08/15/2013 4:10 PM
NewsThe Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers will resume their annual prospect game Sept. 9.
ImpactThis will be the sixth game in the series, which was cancelled by the lockout last fall. The two teams will place at the Caps' practice facility and the event will be free and open to the public.
Report: Leonsis refinances Washington Caps | 07/18/2013 8:40 PM
NewsOwner Ted Leonsis refinanced the Washington Capitals with a $100 million loan, according to Forbes.
ImpactLeonsis technically refinanced his debt on the team since this refinancing was larger than the previous loan he took out. Forbes notes the NHL appears to be taking on more debt in general. Leonsis bought the Capitals for $85 million in 1999. Forbes valued the team at $250 million in November 2010.
Capitals could be active at 2013 draft | 06/27/2013 2:51 PM
NewsWashington GM George McPhee thinks there could be potential for moves at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Impact"There may be more activity in this one than other drafts," McPhee said. "You would think that would be the case because some teams have cap issues and have to move some players. You would think there would be more of that activity. We'll see. I've talked to a lot of GMs recently, in the last three days, just trying to figure out what they want to do at the draft, what they want to do in general." He has made notable draft-day deals before when he acquired Troy Brouwer in 2011 and Mike Ribeiro in 2012. Washington might lose Ribeiro and/or Matt Hendricks to free agency, so they could look to fill those potential holes as well.
Capitals promote Forsythe to assistant coach | 06/25/2013 9:24 AM
NewsWashington has promoted Blaine Forsythe from video coach to assistant coach.
ImpactHe will replace Tim Hunter behind Washington's bench. GM George McPhee said that Forsythe will continue to take care of the team's video preparation, but with his new role he has more responsibility during games. He was a driving force behind the Capitals' top-ranked power play and he's expected to continue to help out in that regard next season.
Tim Hunter unlikely to return as Caps asst. | 06/18/2013 2:14 PM
NewsThe Washington Capitals have given assistant coach Tim Hunter permission to interview with other clubs.
ImpactHunter was hired last summer to provide a veteran sounding board and experience for first-time head coach Adam Oates. It's unclear why Hunter won't return, but the 14-year NHL veteran should be able to land a gig somewhere.
Oates finishes 8th in Jack Adams voting | 06/15/2013 11:42 AM
NewsAdam Oates finished 8th in voting for the Jack Adams Trophy awarded to the top coach in the NHL with 16 votes.
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ImpactThe trophy was awarded to the Senators' Paul MacLean. Other Capital players to receive votes for NHL awards were: Nicklas Backstrom (five for the Lady Byng and two for the Frank Selke), Eric Fehr (one for the Frank Selke) and George McPhee (two for top GM).
Adam Oates is getting ready for '13-14 season | 06/12/2013 11:03 AM
NewsWashington coach Adam Oates is looking forward to next season, where he plans to keep things fresh for his players.
Impact"We talked a lot about system this year," Oates said. "I want the guys to move on beyond that. That means we're going to have a different set of things to talk about every day in terms of how to keep the team going and keep the team growing." The team had to work through some growing pains, while learning his system, early in the lockout-shortened season. At the end, the Capitals were playing much better and Oates received plenty of praise from his players.
Capitals coach at a loss for words after loss | 05/14/2013 12:17 PM
NewsAdam Oates was a lot for words following the Capitals' loss to the Rangers that sent them home for the summer.
Impact"Quite honestly, tough to explain. It's funny how over the years the seventh game turns into some form of blowout," said Oates. "I wish I had an answer for that. Obviously we pushed very hard in the first period, he made a lot of great saves. They got a lucky one and every bounce seemed to go their way after that." Oates was 27-18-3 in his first season as an NHL coach. The Caps certainly need to do some tweaking, but Oates seems like he has the makings to be a good coach in the league for quite some time.
Adam Oates downplays Rangers' reinforcements | 05/04/2013 12:20 PM
NewsCapitals coach Adam Oates downplayed the impact of the Rangers getting injured players back like Derek Dorsett.
Impact"It might change a matchup, but it's not going to change the way we play," Oates said. "It's not going to change the way they play. Obviously every team wants all their guys in. They get some guys in the lineup. You know what? We know the way they play, and we have to be prepared for that." Washington claimed Game 1 of their first-round series already and will attempt to take a 2-0 lead Saturday afternoon.
Capitals take five penalties in seven minutes | 02/22/2013 1:30 PM
NewsThe Capitals doomed themselves Thursday night, taking five penalties in seven minutes in the third period of an eventual 3-2 loss.
ImpactWhile the Capitals were 1-for-6 on the penalty kill, they continued to tempt fate in the final 20 minutes. That seven-minute stretch included two 5-on-3s, the second of which led to the Devils' game-winning goal. The Capitals were not exactly pleased with the officiating either, calling out the refs on their way to the locker room, but coach Adam Oates said in the end, the Caps simply have to be more disciplined. "How many times are we going to have this conversation?" Oates said after the game. "It's on us."
Penalties cost Capitals | 02/18/2013 12:44 PM
NewsThe Capitals made it harder on themselves to score Sunday because of five minor penalties.
ImpactThey went 1-for-5 on the penalty kill, but in the bigger picture that still means players are being used on the defensive rather than the offensive. "You use a lot of minutes, a lot of guys using a lot of energy killing penalties, Nick [Backstrom] and Troy [Brouwer], guys that we need at the other end, especially," coach Adam Oates said. "It makes it so difficult because the team has no rhythm, you've got some guys that don't kill penalties [who] don't get to play. As I said, you're using guys in other situations, you want to save that energy if possible."
GM says Capitals 'not gonna blow anything up' | 02/08/2013 6:53 PM
NewsWashington Capitals GM George McPhee says he won't 'blow anything up' despite the team's disastrous start.
ImpactThe Caps fell to 2-8-1 after Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins and appear no closer to putting things together. Troy Brouwer said the Caps "weren't ready to play," which is a phrase that has been repeated often by his teammates this season. Alex Ovechkin appeared disgusted and was reportedly very brief in his postgame comments. On Friday, McPhee specifically called out goalies Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby, but said the only moves he'll make are those that better the team in the long term. "We're not going to do anything short-term. We're not going to blow anything up," he said."
Capitals taking too many penalties so far | 02/01/2013 12:52 PM
NewsThe Washington Capitals committed eight more penalties Thursday night, bringing their season total to a whopping 38.
ImpactThe 38 penalties is the second-most in the league behind only Colorado, which is made worse by the fact that the Capitals have 23rd-ranked penalty kill at the moment. With the Caps spending so much time killing penalties, their star offensive players have struggled to see consistent ice time which is hurting their growth in Adam Oates' new, aggressive system. It's something Oates will have to correct or else the one-win Capitals could end up out of the playoff race by the end of February.
Capitals continue to struggle | 01/25/2013 10:24 AM
NewsThe Capitals are the only team in the Eastern Conference without a point in the standings after their first three games.
ImpactTheir troubles have been numerous so far, but here are some that jump off the page for the wrong reasons. Washington has led for only 2 minutes 32 seconds, been outscored 14-6, are 2-for-12 on the power play and 11-for-18 on the penalty kill. "I would say some of our mistakes are pure effort," coach Adam Oates said. "It's very upsetting. Not pushing the panic button, but obviously it's upsetting." They'll try to right their ship against the 2-0 New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Capitals drop home opener to fall to 0-2 | 01/23/2013 12:52 PM
NewsThe Washington Capitals have begun the 2013 season with an 0-2 record under new head coach Adam Oates.
Impact"It is a new system, it's going to be hard and we've got to fight through that," Oates said after Tuesday's home opener loss to Winnipeg. "Still, I thought we could have had better execution. I thought we didn't give ourselves the opportunity to play the team game." Due to the abbreviated training camp, coaches weren't presented with much time to work with their players, but the Capitals will have to learn quickly if they want to compete in the NHL's 48-game campaign.
|Penalty Minutes||45||1993-94 (Bos)|
|Plus/Minus||+16||2 times-last: 1995-96 (Bos)|
|Power Play Goals||24||1992-93 (Bos)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||4 times-last: 1997-98 (Wsh)|
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