The Caps' War Room on Deadline Day
As an addendum to the previous post about the Caps' players and their mild interest in fanatical deadline musings, GM George McPhee offered a few details about the inside of the war room: 10 people, three days, lots of phone calls, a review of every possibility on every NHL team, but never a deal on the near horizon.
"Just because you didn't do anything," McPhee said, "doesn't mean you didn't do the right thing."
Maybe so, but it must have been a disappointment for all those Canadian media members who were subjected to Hershey candy and Chipotle odors inside a small Northern Virginia media room all day in exchange for no news. Maybe they can go to the Hair Cuttery in Ballston Commons and pick up some urban kicks at Underground Station as long as they're here a day early. Those folks all bailed as soon as McPhee finished speaking, rather than typing frantic blog posts about all the deals the Caps didn't make.
I asked him whether there was a lack of adrenaline in the war room today with no deals pending.
"I wouldn't say that," McPhee said. "Because there's always a lot going on. The phones late in the day start really ringing with proposals, and you have to sift through them quickly. And you're nervous about some of the things, you say, 'Jeez, if this thing happens then maybe we can do this, and are we ready to do that?' But I think we've been doing it long enough that you try to push the emotion out of the way and just make pragmatic deals, I guess."
See, he should have made like his players: taken a nap, got his car service, gone to the mall, unpacked some suitcases.
"I just didn't feel it," he said. "Some years it's easy to do a deal and some years there's just nothing out there."
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