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Caps: Mildly Interested in Trade Deadline

Will take a nap this afternoon. (By Luis M. Alvarez - AP)

Fans are in a frenzy about today's NHL trade deadline. TSN began its live coverage at 8 a.m. Web traffic will surely be through the natosphere. And the Caps?

"I'm not gonna base my plans around the deadline," Jose Theodore said. "If I have to go to the grocery store or go to the mall, I'll go the mall. I'm not gonna cancel everything just to stay home. I'm gonna do my normal stuff, and then take a look at what's going on....Maybe I'm at the mall, maybe I'll go for a walk, but I'm not gonna make plans to stay home just for the deadline."

See, I think some diehard fans actually would skip the mall trip on this particular day.

"I mean, a lot of guys kind of are into it, checking the computer all the time," Mike Green said. "I'm not really like that, until I hear something. I mean, I'll obviously check tonight once it's all done, but I'm not gonna sit there and refresh every five minutes. It's just not my thing. I've got to take my car to go get serviced, and then I might take a nap. Sorry. I mean, I'm not that exciting trade days."

Wow. A nap? I mean, I'll skip naps for The Price is Right re-runs. Seriously, does anyone here have interesting plans for the day? Live party with popcorn and multiple Internet connections?

"Oh, I'll be following it, but it's not like I'm gonna be on the Internet following everything," the recently acquired Staffan Kronwall said. "You know what, my stuff from Toronto's coming down today so I'm gonna be unpacking all that, so that's what I'll be doing. Actually it took quite a while, it took 12 days to get it down. I've been walking around in basically the same clothes here the last couple weeks. I mean, obviously I've got a big bag with stuff, but it wasn't nearly enough for what I would have been, because I thought I'd be getting my stuff two weeks ago. What can you do, right? No one has noticed yet, so that's good. No one's been chirping at me that I show up in the same clothes every day."

I asked whether there were any possessions he had missed; "no, not really," he said. "But, I mean, it'll be nice to put on a different sweater every once in a while."

Green said that last year much of the team stayed in KCI and watched trade talk on TV, seeing the team make its three deadline deals before departing

"There were still a couple more hours before it was over, so everyone kind of went home," he said, "but we [saw] the trades happen here at the rink. It was just shocking, I guess; guys are gonna be gone the next day which you've spent years with. It's tough, but that's the game."

But he said that last year "was a little bit different than today....I think there was more of a feeling of something gonna happen. Each year's different."

The one guy I talked to who admitted being a junkie for trade talk was Eric Fehr, who said he's been loving trade deadline day since well before his pro career started.

"I'll probably go home and watch it on TV," he said. "I'd always watch the trade deadline. I think it's just exciting to see what kind of teams are making moves. It's definitely something I'll be paying attention to."

How is it different when you're on an actual team watching trade talk?

"It's a little bit scarier," he said. "You never know if you're one of the guys that's gonna be moved or not, you know? You can't think about it; you've just got to keep going on with your every-day life and hope it stays the same."

Brooks Laich had a similar take.

"I'm starting to call Washington home," he said, "so I just hope it's not my name that's called."

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 4, 2009; 2:42 PM ET
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That's gotta be so surreal. I wish I could be traded in my job. "Sorry boss, can't have that for you by 4 today...just got traded cross town. P.S. you have bad breath"

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 4, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Caps looked bored and disinterested by their last two games, so I guess the same reaction to the trade deadline shouldn't be a surprise.

Posted by: writered21 | March 4, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I think you mean "uninterested" in the headline.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 4, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess you actually meant "mildly interested"...

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 4, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

This is another phenomenal article. Thanks for getting the fan so in touch with the team. You're another reason the red's been rocking at Verizon this year.

Posted by: pettyskins86 | March 4, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Poor Kronwall.... was planning to spend his time unpacking his stuff that arrived from Toronto and now he's gotta send it on to Hershey. His play has been pretty atrocious in my opinion though. I thought several of the callups from Hershey were better.

Posted by: chombie13 | March 4, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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