Caps GM George McPhee just spoke from Kettler Capitals Iceplex about an extremely busy trade deadline day. Here are some (hastily transcribed) quotes:
On how busy the day was
"They're always busy. ... nothing happens and then around noon it starts to happen."
"I like what we did. We got better, and deeper, and we didn't give up our future to do it, and we didn't take on any bad contracts to do it, so I was really pleased with the way it went."
On Joe Corvo
"Corvo was the top defenseman available in our minds, and we got him, and he plays a lot. He plays both ends of the rink, he can defend, he spends a lot of time on the PK but he'll generate offense, which is the type of defenseman we like."
On Scott Walker
"Scotty Walker brings experience and grit, and he can play up and down the lineup."
On Eric Belanger
"Belanger brings us some speed and experience at center ice; the sort of thing we were looking for, and he's also real good on faceoffs."
"We like his experience and his ability to shut people down, he's on pace for probably 18 goals this year, which is fine; he'll help us on our penalty killing. We just got another player who is a hard guy to play against."
On Milan Jurcina
"We know Juice, we know that in the playoffs last year we paired him with Tom Poti as a real good shutdown pair and they did a great job. He's injured right now, probably won't be ready for at least four weeks, but it didn't cost us anything to do it, to acquire him, unless he plays a certain number of games, and then it's a soft draft pick anyway, so the good news is, we had the cap room to do it, so we did it."
On giving up second-round picks
"That was the currency of the day, the second-round picks. I don't mind giving up what we gave up for Joe. I thought it was a good deal. I like Oskar Osala, think he has a chance to play, but we had an 'untouchable' list and we didn't give away any of those players. It gives me another year to acquire a second-round pick."
On trading away defenseman Brian Pothier
"Brian Pothier is a real quality guy, and he was great for us in the locker room and did a real nice job on the ice, and we'd do that signing again if we were presented the opportunity -- we would have done it all over again. I just want to thank him for what he did for us, but we thought Corvo was something that would be a little bit better for us, so that's why we made that move."
On where Walker, Belanger could fit into the lineup
"Not sure yet, we'll leave that up to Bruce to sort out. We're real deep now; we have a of of players. But the question was, we can move some people up, do we really want to do that? We have the caps space to keep everybody, and I think most of the players would agree that this is a great situation to be in and a good team that's deep. Let's stay here. And so we're going to keep everybody. And we did this with the playoffs in mind."
Will it be tougher for some players to get playing time?
"Well, for some people it might be. We could have moved them to teams that weren't in the playoffs. And there will be injuries, and there will be guys that may not play the way they can, so we move things around. But I certainly like our team, and our depth, and our versatility. Obviously I'm happy with what went on today."
More to come.