For the first time since the 2008-09 season, General Manager George McPhee didn’t add or remove anything in the hours leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday.
There was nothing available that he believed could make the Capitals a better team, nothing that was an improvement over the additions he could bring up from the AHL’s Hershey Bears, McPhee told reporters.
He also offered his own take on the Capitals’ fan base and said he believed the group that rocks the red, but has grown increasingly impatient after multiple postseason disappointments, would understand the move.
“I think our fan base,” McPhee said Monday, “I think we’ve been doing this long enough that they understand that if there was something to do we would’ve done it, because we always have, but we’re not going to make mistakes.”
In the long run, considering that the Capitals are already without their top centerman and the prices were high in an extreme sellers’ market at this year’s deadline, time may prove that McPhee was right not to pawn young assets and draft picks in order to push this year’s team over the top.
Do you agree with his inaction? If Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed 25 games with a concussion, is unable to return this year, can this season – regardless of the outcome – be chalked up to a lost year beset by injuries?