Former Capitals coach Adam Oates may not have taken a job as a playoff analyst for Hockey Night in Canada with the idea of campaigning for his next NHL coaching job. But he’s certainly getting the word out there that he’s anxious for another opportunity to get behind the bench.
"Yes I would, absolutely,” Oates told Vancouver’s Team 1040’s Scott Rintoul last week, essentially repeating what he had said to a Toronto radio station the week before.
“As I said, I really love it. I love the puzzle. I love trying to pass the knowledge on to the players. You know, you miss the game when you played it and you miss the stress of it and coaching - being right there - it's intense and I really enjoy it."
Oates was fired by the Capitals on April 26, less than two years after he received his first head coaching job in the NHL. In two seasons behind the bench, the first abbreviated by the NHL lockout, Oates compiled a record of 65-48-17, but, like the three coaches that preceded him, he fell short in his efforts to make the Capitals a Stanley Cup contender.
Oates, who has one year remaining on his contract with the Capitals, said he has not had discussions with the Canucks, who are looking for a replacement for John Tortorella, who was fired with four years remaining on his contract.
"I don't think there's a guy in hockey that wouldn't want to coach the Vancouver Canucks when you think about the organization,” Oates said.
"First of all, it's a fantastic city and a great sports town. You look at the team, they've got ... a good defense, they have young goaltending, and obviously an opportunity to coach the Sedins [Daniel and Henrik]. I think I could make them productive and Ryan Kesler.
"There's not a single guy I don't think that would consider the opportunity if it made sense."