Oates key to Capitals' future growth 

June, 11, 2013
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Head coach Adam Oates of the Washington CapitalsG Fiume/Getty ImagesThe Capitals' success next season will depend heavily on coach Adam Oates.
For as much discussion and dissection as there was this season on Adam Oates' new system in Washington, that's not his biggest focus as a coach moving forward.

Rather, it's trying to figure out a way to keep the players listening to him. To figure out a way to keep that balance between them liking him as a person they deal with on a daily basis while offering something that reminds them he's there to make them better players. Because once players start shutting out a coach, opportunity for growth is over.