Adam Oates told a Toronto radio station the Capitals had an off-year. It ended up costing him his job.
Caps captain Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in Russia's opener at the World Championships, while an ex-Cap played a big role in the upset of the day
Injuries have limited defenseman Jack Hillen to just 36 of the Capitals' 130 games the past two seasons.
If the Capitals want an experienced coach, there is a small pool of candidates with a depth of experience.