NEWARK, NJ - MAY 29: Assistant coach Adam Oates of the New Jersey Devils watches from the bench during the media day skate at the AmeriHealth Pavilion the day prior to Game One of the Stanley Cup Final at Prudential Center on May 29, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
So how's your day going? Not as well as Adam Oates' is, I'm guessing.
One of the most admired and creative playmakers of the 80's and 90's, Adam Oates has received a double dose of outstanding news. First, he was named to his first NHL head coaching job, with the Washington Capitals, and then just a little while ago, he was included in the next class of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
Oates stands out in my memory for being part of one of the worst trades in NHL history. Back in 1989, he was traded by Detroit along with winger Paul MacLean (yes, the Ottawa Senators' head coach) for the aging Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney. A college roommate of mine captured on tape Red Wings GM Jimmy Devellano explaining the deal on local TV. I can still see Devellano saying, completely deadpan, "we believe Marc Habscheid will replace Adam Oates." Habscheid played only one season for the Red Wings, and put up 31 goals and 30 assists across three seasons from that point on. Oates, on the other hand, tallied 343 goals and 1,137 assists after leaving Detroit.
Our afternoon hockey notes touch on Oates' big day, the other new Hockey Hall of Famers, and a whole lot more...
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