Paul Gaustad

Despite injuries and poor play, Caps see no deals to make

With his Washington Capitals outside the playoff picture and no sign of when the franchise center will return to action, general manager George McPhee chose to not make a move before the NHL trade deadline passed Monday.

McPhee said that while he did make calls, he was never close to making a deal before the deadline. It was a slow day for trades across the NHL — only 16 transactions were made, the fewest on the final day of trading in the seven seasons since the 2004-05 lockout.

"We would have added something to the team if we thought it would make us better, but it had to make us better. What transpired today, really there wasn't anything there that would have been the...