Former Capitals head coach Adam Oates surfaced on Monday morning on St. Louis sports talk radio to provide expert insight into what the Caps’ offseason moves mean for the team.
In an interview on “The Morning After” on CBS Sports Radio 920, Oates broke down the signing of former Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams; the trade of Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick to the St. Louis Blues for forward T.J. Oshie; and the decision to let free agents such as Joel Ward sign elsewhere.
“It looks like they’ve gone in a different direction,” Oates observed. “They went away from two big guys [Ward and Brouwer] to two guys that are a little bit more stick-handler type players [Williams and Oshie]. You know, the management’s changed since I was there, so you know what, you get different opinions and you get different results.”
Well, that’s kind of the idea, yes.
Oates, who spent three seasons of his Hall of Fame career in St. Louis, predicted that Mound City (seriously, that’s one of St. Louis’ nicknames) fans will be “very happy” with their team’s new asset.
“He’s a very good player, very versatile, plays in all situations,” Oates said of Brouwer. “He’s still a really good age, has a long time left in his career.” He added that Brouwer is a “physical, grinding type hockey player that’s a very good all around hockey player.”
On Oshie, Oates was a little bit less specific: “Honestly, I like the player. He has played well for St. Louis.” Well, there you have it.
If you’re interested in more of Oates’ insight (how could you not be?) you can listen to the full interview at InsideSTL.com. Oates’ interview begins about 12:30 into Segment 3.
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