ARLINGTON, Va. -- Adam Oates did not want to be yelled at.
Throughout his Hall-of-Fame playing career, the Washington Capitals coach preferred to be taught, not berated after poor performances, a philosophy that has carried over to his coaching career.
"If I showed up for work and we lose, I don't want to be yelled at. I want to be coached," Oates said Sunday. "Tell me the truth. If you think I played a bad game, that's fine, but tell me the truth. Don't make something up because then I lose faith in you.
"I don't want to be that guy. I do not want to tell them a lie. I'll tell them when I think they make mistakes, but I'm not going to lie to them, no way, because I think guys see through that too. Maybe they come in expecting to be yelled at because we lost; it's just not my style."
Considering Washington's uninspiring 1-4-0 start, Oates would not have been criticized -- perhaps he would have been lauded -- for chastising his players, but that simply is not who he is.