Assuming that all’s going well in Washington, the week that’s passed since the NHL and its players agreed to a new collective agreement will have allowed the new Capitals coach, Adam Oates, to catch up on his exhaustion. Here’s Joseph White of The Associated Press, writing on January 8:
Oates, meanwhile, has been waiting impatiently to make his head coaching debut. When he heard at 5 a.m. Sunday that a tentative deal to end the lockout had been reached, he immediately headed to the Capitals’ practice facility and arrived at 5:30 a.m. — even though there wasn’t much to do.
“That’s been one of the toughest things as a hockey man — we haven’t been tired,” Oates said. “When you play a season, the game’s at 7 o’clock at night, you get home at midnight. When you’re on the road, you get home at 2 in the morning, the next day you’re dragging a little bit. I mean, we haven’t been tired for three months. We’re bored out of our minds.”