George McPhee announced today that Adam Oates will be the Caps' bench boss for the 2012-13 season.
Oates was one of the finalists for the job along with former Blackhawks assistant coach, Mike Haviland, and coach of the Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals, Jon Cooper (Whom I don't recall campaigning for). The nineteen season NHL veteran played for the Caps between 1996 and 2002, and in that time he collected 73 goals and 290 assists.
Oates began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Lightening as an assistant coach in 2009-10. The following season he went on to be New Jersey's assistant coach, and he was with the team for their run to the Cup finals this season. He is expected to be the balance between the offensive style of Bruce and the defensive shell of Hunter.