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Report: Adam Oates drawing interest for coaching vacancy

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Report: Adam Oates drawing interest for coaching vacancy

Adam Oates may get another crack at being a head coach in the NHL. According to a report on TSN, the former Capitals captain was expected to meet with the San Jose Sharks about their head coaching vacancy, which became available with the firing of Todd McLellan.

Oates, 52, went 65-48-17 in two seasons with the Capitals, reaching the playoffs in 2013 and missing the playoffs in 2014. He was hired along with Scott Stevens as co-coach of the New Jersey Devils last December.

Oates spoke with new Devils general manager Ray Shero about returning to New Jersey but has also been given permission to pursue other coaching opportunities. 

“We've agreed to keep in touch, and same with Scott Stevens, in terms of I just need time to sort through and get this process under way,” Shero told The Bergen Record. “But, it was important for me to talk to those two first before anybody, No. 1, because they're here, they coached the team. That was important and that was the first thing. Then, from there, as I told them, it's going to take some time for me to go through this process. I don't know (how long) that's going to be, but they'll be in the loop.

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“If someone is going in a different direction, then we'll we be in touch on both sides.”

Shero also has a history with Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden, who was hired by the Caps last summer after working with Shero as an assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Reirden and Wilkes-Barre Scranton head coach John Hynes may be considered candidates in New Jersey because of their ties to Shero. Shero said he would seek permission from other NHL teams before approaching any potential coaching candidates.

Reirden, 43, spent four years in Pittsburgh before taking the job under Barry Trotz last summer. He is credited for improving the Capitals’ blue line and enhancing the development of defensemen John Carlson, Karl Alzner and Mike Green.

A Capitals spokesman would neither confirm nor deny that the Capitals have been asked by another team permission to speak with Reirden. 

Other former NHL head coaches believed to be considered by the Sharks are Peter DeBoer, Randy Carlyle and Dan Bylsma.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov is embracing his D.C. sports friendship with Bradley Beal

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Evgeny Kuznetsov is embracing his D.C. sports friendship with Bradley Beal

Washington Capitals sixth-year forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has a unique D.C. sports friendship you may not have known existed. 

We've seen similar cross-team bonds form before in this city. Remember the Tom Wilson-Chris Thompson jersey exchange

Kuznetsov has formed a similar bond with Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal, and the blossoming friendship isn't all that new. 

The 26-year-old posted this photo with Beal on Instagram in November 2017. 

"Been to his house a couple times," Kuznetsov told Sports Illustrated. "Big fan of hockey." 

Just one calendar year separates the two respective stars and both have been seen attending each other's games from time to time. 

Beal was most recently in the house for the Washington's game against San Jose Tuesday night inside Capital One Arena. 

Kuzy hopes to cultivate a similar friendship with D.C. United star Wayne Rooney in the future to pick his brain on business-related aspects of being a professional athlete. 

"I will for sure when I get older," he told SI, "when I am not shy." 

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Capitals at Maple Leafs: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Capitals at Maple Leafs: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Things aren't going great for the Washington Capitals of late.

After leading for 59:59 of Tuesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks and with one second left in regulation, Evander Kane scored to force overtime and Tomas Hertl eventually scored the game winner. The late collapse extended the Caps' losing streak to six for the first time in five years, and now they must travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs for one final game before the All-Star break. 

Wednesday's matchup will also be the final game for the Leafs before the All-Star break. Just like the Caps, they too are in need of a week off. Since the NHL's holiday break, Toronto has won only three of 10, scoring 24 times in that 10-game stretch. 

At home, the Leafs have a 13-11-1 record this season but have lost four straight and six of their last seven. 

Here's everything you need to know before the Caps hit the ice for the last time until Feb. 1. 

CAPITALS at MAPLE LEAFS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at Toronto Maple Leafs, 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, Canada
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: You can live stream Capitals at Leafs on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS at MAPLE LEAFS TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Capitals vs. Leafs on NBCSN
10:90 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
11:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS at MAPLE LEAFS INJURY REPORT

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Maple Leafs: D Jake Gardiner (day-to-day with back spasms) 

CAPITALS at MAPLE LEAFS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals (17 wins, 11 losses, 3 OT losses, 97 GA): The Caps were a second away from snapping their five-game losing streak until Evander Kane got one past Holtby and Tomas Hertl scored the winner. In their six-game losing streak, the Caps have given up 30 goals and 52 in their last 10. A solid performance from Holtby and a W heading into the All-Star break could help the Caps get out of their funk. 

John Tavares, C, Maple Leafs (30 goals, 23 assist, 53 points): Tavares currently leads the Maple Leafs with 30 goals, with his last one coming Jan. 20 against the Arizona Coyotes. The centre is already making an impact for the Leafs after parting ways with the New York Islanders after nine seasons. 

CAPITALS at MAPLE LEAFS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 151
All-Time Series Record: Caps lead 77-64-10
Last Meeting: Leafs win 4-2 (10/13/18)
Last 10: Caps lead 6-4 (including playoffs) 

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