07:23 AM ET 06.14 | After a disappointing playoff defeat, Adam Oates, given an opportunity to criticize star Alex Ovechkin, did nothing of the sort. "I learned that he's a very coachable guy. We worked on a lot of things. Kind of like what I thought going in. I had to earn his trust and when I got it we were in a really good place." ... [Q:] That might have been the biggest question you faced when you took this job. How are you going to deal with Ovi? What was that like for you? "Easy. Easy. Yeah, easy. I have to go back to what I said to you when we first talked [after Oates was hired last summer]. You know what? As a player I wanted to be talked to and that's what I wanted to be as a coach. So I talked to him. I talked to all the guys."