BOSTON (CBS) – The Washington Capitals are set to name Adam Oates as their new head coach, according to multiple reports.
Oates, who played parts of six seasons with the Boston Bruins from 1991-97, has spent the last two seasons as an assistant for the New Jersey Devils. He was also an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009.
This will be his first head coaching job, although he is fairly familiar with the Capitals franchise. Oates played six seasons the Caps from 1997-2002.
The Capitals fell to the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs after dispatching the Bruins in seven games. Oates replaces Dale Hunter, who quit shortly after the Capitals season ended.
A five-time All Star, Oates tallied 1,420 points over his 19-year career with Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Edmonton.