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Mike Knuble is bummed out about being a fourth liner

Jan 3, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

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If you haven’t heard much out of Mike Knuble this season, you’re not alone.

The Caps’ veteran forward has seen his role with the team diminished thanks to being moved to the fourth line. Knuble being the veteran that he is takes the move in stride, but he’s not exactly beaming with pride over it. Katie Carrera of The Washington Post finds out from Knuble that he’s just trying to do right by the team with his reduced role.

“It’s just the way things have shaken out,” Knuble said. “To be honest, sure it’s frustrating because I haven’t been there in the last eight, nine, 10 years. I’ve had some good years in the league….We’ve talked a little bit about it and I feel you’ve just gotta kinda roll with what happens and do whatever you can when you’re out there. It’s different, that’s for sure.”

Knuble was always viewed to be the power forward to ride shotgun with Alex Ovechkin and to be the guy that parks in front of the net to put home rebounds. Whether it’s his age, skills, or Dale Hunter not liking what he sees out of him, Knuble is handling things well. Some veterans would raise hell about a demotion, but with the Caps starting to turn things around Knuble is doing right by his teammates.

  1. bcjim - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    He is really getting up there in years. He did get hot last year though and wound up with a typical-ish number of goals.

    He needs his chances, I hate to say it but unless they are going to give him top line or 2nd line minutes, or a lot of PP time, its going to be the end of Knuble, he is not 4th line material…too old.

  2. hague507 - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Perhaps its a good move in the end if it would save his “legs” for the back end of the season. Not sure how Ward moved ahead of Knuble but Knuble did have the most minutes last night of the 4 RWers.

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