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McPhee: Caps looking long term

GM George McPhee and his assistants have been working the phones nonstop the past 48 hours, and they'll continue to do so through tomorrow's 3 p.m. trade deadline. But as of this afternoon, McPhee said he's not expecting the Caps to make any major moves.

A tweak or two? Yes. A big splash? Not so much.

Most observers agree the Caps need a rugged veteran defenseman (like Phoenix's Derek Morris), a seasoned goalie capable of stepping in should Jose Theodore suffer an injury or falter, and perhaps a veteran forward.

But the team's philosophy doesn't include 'going for broke' this season, McPhee said. Instead, he plans to take the conservative approach, thus ensuring the Caps' window for winning a Stanley Cup remains open for a number of years.

"If we can add a little something here or a little something there, we would do it," McPhee said. "But we don't sense right now that very much is going to happen with our club - and that's fine."

"What it comes down to is making the right decisions for your hockey club, and taking that long-term look. We've taken a long-term approach, and we've got a good club as a result. We can continue to be a good club if we're smart about things."

He added: "We have some terrific young players that took some years to accumulate and we're not interested in giving them away."

The phone lines at Kettler Capitals Iceplex have been busy. McPhee and his scouting staff, capologist and occasionally Coach Bruce Boudreau have been hunkered down in the "War Room" for much of the past two days. But as of right now, McPhee said the Caps don't have much cooking.

Tomorrow, though, could be a different story.

"You don't know what can happen, but right now it's quiet," McPhee said. "We talked to a lot of clubs yesterday, we talked to everyone again today. But I expect the rest of the day to be quiet and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 3, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
 
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Seems about right to me. I don't actually expect much to happen because a big contract right now is the last thing we need.

Posted by: saintex | March 3, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

What about picking Marty Gerber up off of waivers??

Posted by: jabbewocky1 | March 3, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

He said something similar last year and look what we did.

I don't expect a big big move, but don't be surprised if he shakes things up.

Posted by: TheGJ | March 3, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"We have some terrific young players that took some years to accumulate and we're not interested in giving them away."

That to me sounds like our little Semin should be safe from all those rumors going around!

Posted by: CapsKH | March 3, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it last year when GMGM said they weren't going to make any moves. I think tomorrow will be a very busy day for the Caps if they can free up Cap space.

Posted by: madflava | March 3, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

For the next few days, Tarik & Katie are the only people I'll believe. Front office suits lie.

Posted by: uncatim | March 3, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Randinno WHAT do you mean? "Backstrom being signed doesn't necessarily mean he won't be traded. He's actually much more of an asset now for a team that gets him because he won't just be a rental." Has it ever happened--signing someone so they can trade him? Is there still hope?

Has anyone heard of the possibility of any of the goaltending prospects being traded? Here is one thought on the subject:

"On one hand, keeping both Varlamov and Neuvirth significantly increases the odds of the team having a homegrown number one goalie on the roster since it's unlikely both will wind up busts and goaltending tandems seem to be on the rise. On the other hand, young goaltenders are so valuable that holding two of them rather than moving one to shore up other areas may not be great asset management." Washington Hockey Daily
http://www.japersrink.com/2009/3/3/774901/trade-deadline-prospects-u

And of course Khabi is better than Theo--certainly in terms of consistency and overall performance. Except for one year with the Blackhawks (2005-6) he has posted a save percentage rate of over 90% since 1995. His playoff record is also quite impressive (GAA 2.27 and 92.2%).

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-pIwA-E-UY

And don't you ever forget it CAPs, and Caps fans.

Posted by: superpaqman | March 3, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

uncatim
no worries, this time tomorrow it will all be over, no need to wait "a few days".

Posted by: majiksea | March 3, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

so by gmgm's comments there...we are getting pronger?

Posted by: _stevo | March 3, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

majiksea: Yeah, I realized that as soon as I hit "Submit".

Posted by: uncatim | March 3, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Watch - GMGM will make a huge trade today...he is shifty.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

If that is true, the deal for Nyls fell apart. Him being scratched tonight makes me think that it is not completely over yet....

Posted by: atybat | March 3, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

While GMGM clearly has a good long-term plan, I'd be scared going into the playoffs with this defensive corps.

We need a mean, enforcer-type player.

Posted by: smutsboy | March 3, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

He said something similar last year and look what we did.

I don't expect a big big move, but don't be surprised if he shakes things up.

Posted by: TheGJ | March 3, 2009 4:22 PM

from the 'long-term approach' GMGM talks about - the moves last year really were not big ones. there was almost zero impact to the long terms plans in case none of those players stayed. in fact only feds of the three remained. those moves had no chance to make a negative impact long term. it seems like he is sticking to the plan and will not mortgage the future for this year - and we all know that a mortgage can lead to foreclosure

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

We need the Anti-Schultz!

Posted by: CapsKH | March 3, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

its good to hear that from GMGM, but I dont believe it!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 3, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Crap. Sounds like we're going to do something major.

Posted by: ratgurl46 | March 3, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Before everyone starts thinking that this is just like last year, Remember, GMGM only moved ONE NHL caliber Player. Last years moves were big in what was brought in but not what was sent out.

This year is completely different. To bring someone big in means sending someone big out. That cant happen with out major possibilities of team backlash (unless its Nyls).

GMGM is looking for value. If your send someone out they are gone (no RFAs are going anywhere) and who you bring in needs to be worth that long term cost. Like the rumor about the Dukes wanting Alzner for Pronger. Right now straight up that is a good trade--if you only have to play for three more months. but Pronger has about a year left in him while Alzner has 15.

These players are investments. GMGM treats them more like a mutual fund than like Junk bonds. he is not looking to move them around every year for quick success. That is not how Detroit has gotten where it is. But that is how Pittsass has gotten where it is.

Posted by: QuintenD | March 3, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

See? Nothing to be announced today. Tomorrow.....maybe! By the way, GMGM might be telling us the truth, as to be unpredictable, one has to tell the truth and fib at different times! I will be happy as long as we do not mortgage the farm for a short-term gain. Prudent moves though are always acceptable.

It's back to discussing tonight's game with Carolina. We need to replace the bad memories of Sunday with an excellent game tonight.

Posted by: TrackCollector | March 3, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

GMGM always says the same thing regardless of what's up. So we still ask and we still debate... We just don't learn.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | March 3, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

is this the same GMGM that wasn't into anton gustafsson - an then takes him in the first round? i wonder if GMGM has an 'upper' ear phone injury that he won't divulge

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering why no one has tried to get Nylander's comments on trade rumours this season. Seems like an interesting pursuit.

It's hard to take what GMGM says at face value, because he says that EVERY year. We'll see a move or two tomorrow I'm sure.

Posted by: TheVampireCorndog | March 3, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah we did get quite a few players last year but gave up nearly nothing. GMGM is right not to want to mortgage the future which is our situation this year. If he does make a move it won't totally upset the apple cart and we won't give up much for whoever we get!

Posted by: psugolf | March 3, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

bring in a solid dman or backup goalie but I agree with GMGM, we dont want to end up like the penguins and not be able to sustain a team for more than one year. Our front office has turned out to be pretty smart and I'm gonna trust them on this one.

Posted by: JSeagull1 | March 3, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

from cbssports:

Rumors king Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has a few gems: the Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals are interested in Phoenix's Olli Jokinen; the Florida Panthers may be leaning toward keeping Jay Bouwmeester; and the Ottawa Senators have received calls about the availability of Jarkko Ruutu.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 3, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Stay the course. Keep the core together.

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 3, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Concur with GMGM - if a great deal drops into our lap, sure, go for it, but don't mortgage the farm to win now. Much as I'd like to have a Cup this year (who wouldn't), I'm not convinced that personnel moves are all it will take to get us there.

If absolutely nothing happens, I'll be a little nervous for the playoffs. If just one deal happens, I'll probably be a little nervous for the playoffs. If eighteen deals happen, I'll be afraid for the team's future.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

If GMGM is being honest then that will equal one and done, again.
Philly and the Bruins are gonna bulk up.
We need D if we are going to make a real run past the first round.
Lets hope it's just GM geek speak.

Posted by: jotay131 | March 3, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Classic McPhee -- I can't wait to see what happens.

Go Caps! Crush Carolina!

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | March 3, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Is there a game tonight? I fergit.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It's also worth noting that a lot of teams looking to rebuild could be very, very interested in Washington and what they've got. Our franchise has never won a Cup, is headed for the best record in team history, is almost guaranteed to make the playoffs, and may very well be in a position to go for it all. We're just coming out of a rebuild that other GM's would kill to be that successful with. We could be prime targets to overpay for some of their oldsters, and McPhee is probably on the lookout for teams looking to take advantage of him.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is very smart and I trust him. He has gotten us to a Finals, and then rebuilt the team from scratch after Ted blew his load on Jagr.

Let's see what happens.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I too don't want to sell the farm. But we still need a good veteran D-man. We needed it last year, this year, and we'll need it next year as well.

Posted by: mauree | March 3, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is very smart and I trust him. He has gotten us to a Finals, and then rebuilt the team from scratch after Ted blew his load on Jagr.

Let's see what happens.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

as long as paul devorski doesn't "ref" any of our playoff games, we'll be just fine

down with carolina tonight!

Posted by: mtracy94 | March 3, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Devorski is up there with Cherry- two DB of the year! Someone needs to pop Don

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Question. When is Brashear's contract up?

Posted by: ERHDC1 | March 3, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

WhyGo:
DES

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The NHL needs to hire some European officials.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 3, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

like his no interest in drafting comment, gmgm usually makes reverse psychology about as subtle as a hammer 2 the head. however, i really hope he doesn't give up a lot of prospect for the short term.

Posted by: am_jim | March 3, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dark Energy Survey?

Data Encryption Standard?

Chemical name for estrogin?

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

thread bite

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

don't ever stop

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Capt_Kirk
"i wonder if GMGM has an 'upper' ear phone injury that he won't divulge"

That was pretty damn funny. I agree with all though. GMGM is speaking the truth but that's the game other GM's play. GMGM says hey we're willing to give "x" for "x" and the other GM says no. Then tomorrow when he realizes that we're giving the best deal it happens. If I've said it once I've said it a million times, whatever moves he makes, it's got to be something that dramatically improves the PK. Taking so many penalties isn't the problem, the problem is we can't stop even FLA's PP. If we were in the top 10 in the league in killing penalties nobody would be saying anything about taking penalties especially something as ridiculous as we can only take 3 per game. The reason we can only take 3 per game is because we know they'll score on at least 1 of them and if we take 4 they'll score 2. FIX THE PK DERN IT! :)

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 3, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This is my first time going through this whole trade deadline debacle and I'm getting ulcers from what you people are posting on here. When's the draft anyways?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 3, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I've never quite understood why the NHL has such late trade-deadlines (this coming from more of a Skins fan). It always seems like you're rooting for a team all season long, & then you have this new superstar, & it's like, well that's nice, but he's not part of the team I've been rooting for. Is there something I'm missing in the culture of the NHL or the nature of hockey?

Posted by: Josh7 | March 3, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

McPhee did not get us to the finals. Those were Poile's players. McPhee has led us to a decade of losing. Boudreau saved his job.

Posted by: alanb1 | March 3, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

McPhee did not get us to the finals. Those were Poile's players. McPhee has led us to a decade of losing. Boudreau saved his job.

Posted by: alanb1 | March 3, 2009 6:28 PM


enter the voice of reason, well said

McPhee's team 12 years into his tenure still can't even field one solid defenseman who can actually play defense. Its amazing to me that every single year, every single offseason, every single trade deadline topic of discussion revolves aroung getting a "rugged blueliner". Most teams grow them like trees. Calgary has like 6 of them. McPhee can't find one.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

We need the Anti-Schultz!

Posted by: CapsKH | March 3, 2009 4:33 PM

If he's out there McPhee probably isn't interested :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

>>GM George McPhee and his assistants have been working the phones nonstop the past 48 hours, and they'll continue to do so through tomorrow's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

Another thing I notice is that George only seems to make trades right at the very end. Why isn't he working the phones during the offseason or in preseason or during most of the regular season. We don't see the Caps make trades until its right up on the deadline. Other teams make deals throughout the year.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I love our GM. So intelligent and level headed.

Posted by: ranndino | March 3, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

When I read the post above mine I was like whaaat?! Then I looked at who it was by and was like, "Oh, ok!"

Does anyone on here consistently post total nonsense as much as cstanton1? I think not.

The reality is that salary cap has killed NHL trades. There have been no major trades in the whole league all year. There have been a few relatively big ones recently. As usual cstanton1 chritism (not one positive post so far, btw) is based on something he pulled straight out of his behind.

Posted by: ranndino | March 3, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

new thread!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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