NHL notes: Adam Oates heading to AHL during lockout

Capitals head coach Adam Oates (KEVIN LAMARQUE/Reuters)

Capitals head coach Adam Oates (KEVIN LAMARQUE/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:05 AM ET

New Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates is getting a demotion of sorts while the NHL lockout is on.

Oates will serve as co-coach for the Hershey Bears of the AHL until the work stoppage is resolved, the Capitals announced Sunday. Mark French is the coach of the Caps' minor-league affiliate.

The soon-to-be Hockey Hall of Famer was hired by Caps general manager George McPhee in late June after Dale Hunter resigned to return to junior. With no team to coach during the lockout, McPhee suggested Oates join French on the Bears bench.

"It was originally an idea from George that, to me, made a lot of sense," Oates told the Washington Post. "To have an opportunity, given the collective bargaining agreement, to come down here and basically just continue the learning curve and be a co-coach with Frenchie here in Hershey and be a part of it. Obviously, some of our players are down here and to be a part of the organization that I just joined, I thought it made perfect sense."

The Caps haven't decided how the coaching responsibilities will be handled during Oates' time in the minors.

READ FLYS TO SWEDEN

Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read didn't want to ruin the momentum of a strong rookie campaign.

So the locked-out NHLer has decided to sign with Sodertalje of Sweden's second division, joining New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, according to reports out of Finland. Read is the sixth NHL player to join the league.

Read had 24 goals (most among first-year players) and 23 assists in 79 games as a rookie last season.

Four other Flyers are already playing in Europe -- Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, Ruslan Fedotenko and Wayne Simmonds -- while Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux are contemplating offers, according to a Flyers blog.


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