Now that Jim Johnson has left the Capitals for an assistant coaching job with the San Jose Sharks, Adam Oates is officially a head coach without two assistants.
Adam Oates said he felt a few butterflies when he stepped onto the ice Monday wearing his new Capitals warmups and baseball cap, but quickly settled into his role as a first-time head coach.
The Shane Doan watch is on, but dont expect the Capitals to be on the short list of NHL teams the Coyotes free-agent captain would be willing to sign with if he chooses not to return to Phoenix.
CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2011-12 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order.
Long-time Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason wanted a chance to be a head coach in the NHL and was among the candidates who interviewed for the vacancy left by Dale