Caps OT: George McPhee has a pivotal decision to make as the trade deadline looms
Thu, 28 Mar 2013|
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah. Kellie Cowan join by our capitals insider chuck Gormley caps OT presented by pivotal plays. Now there's a pivotal decision coming up -- As the trade deadline looms April 3 of course Mike Rivera making every case to be resigned or the history. Well I think in this in this situation George McPhee has to look at where his team is in the standings and I don't think anything's gonna change over the next three games I think this team is going to be right where is right now. With that within a point until the playoffs. And that makes it very difficult decision because. You don't want to lose him to free agency in the summer without getting anything in return now. But on the other hand if you trade him. Where does this team go from here I mean they're still in the playoff hunt what does that tell the guys in the room what does -- tell the fans what does that tell the head coach. So it's a tricky calm because. It's almost it's a situation where to -- he has to sign him before the deadline so he knows that he's making the right call here. But then you look at what's gonna cost this could be five million dollars a year for the next five years my -- -- 33 years old. Is he going to be worth five million at at 38 that's a really tough call and make as a GM. An easier call to make if you Michael Barrett because you know that if you don't get it here you'll probably get it somewhere else so I wouldn't wanna be endorsement he's used. But I almost feel like he has to keep him if he wants this team to get into the playoffs. George McPhee usually gender really quiet at the trade deadline do you have a sense that this could be a little bit more of a splash this year. I don't think so I. Right there in a position had I mean they do have about seven million dollars under the cap so they in a position to add but I think George is probably going to -- a little close to the -- And keep what he has here I I don't think he's a big buyer and I don't think he's a big seller so I think what we see right now the caps I had a good feeling. That's over I see it in this trade deadline. And of course one last interesting note about this trade deadline is the draft and this particularly heavy draft class coming to protect. Let's say I mean it's it's been a really big draft for for high end players so. If that if the capitals make a deal if they trade Mike Rivera and they trade him to a team that's in the playoff time. They're price looking at a lower first round pick I don't think the teams that would have a high first round pick are going to make that deal so. It's -- it's a great draft but I don't see any caps getting enough in return where they're gonna get a top five pick. I think you guys at home watching caps OT present I think they'll play. CSN Washington dot com.