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Mike Knuble’s days in Washington may be numbered

Feb 10, 2012, 12:37 PM EST

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Capitals forward Mike Knuble has had a less-than stellar season. With just three goals and a -14 plus/minus rating (for whatever that’s worth to you), Knuble has seen his minutes dwindle and he’s gone from the top line to the fourth line and was a healthy scratch last night against Winnipeg.

At 39-years-old Knuble’s days in the NHL aren’t long, but his time in Washington may soon be at an end. Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com says that with the trade deadline approaching, Knuble could be headed out of town soon.

By making Knuble a healthy scratch on Thursday night, coach Dale Hunter ran the risk of not only alienating his veteran winger, but dividing his locker room. And that could mean a quick deal is in the works for Knuble, who is on a one-year, $2 million deal.

As for who might want a piece of Knuble, Gormley says that San Jose or Chicago could be interested in him alone. Failing that, if he was part of a package deal with struggling defenseman Jeff Schultz they could be moved to get what the Caps need elsewhere on the ice (a capable second line center perhaps). Good luck selling any teams on a deal featuring two guys having bad seasons.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Throw in a 1st Rounder and a team in need of Leadership and a Big D-Man, that team would be stupid not to accept it

    • jpelle82 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      thanks for the laugh…

  2. govtminion - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    No idea what Hunter is thinking. If anything the Caps need more guys like Knuble- the ones with heart. So many of his teammates are skating around like they’re just running out the clock- Knuble, not so much.

    As for his production… if you don’t play a guy, he won’t produce goals. You’ll never get a goal from the bench, let alone the press box. Even at 39, he’s still a viable player. Here’s hoping the Caps do the wrong thing for themselves, and send him somewhere that he can really contribute some leadership- a young team like Colorado perhaps.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      no clue either…he opted beagle for knuble last night? crazy. i think brouwer should be bumped down to 4th line and put knuble back up…how can you argue with proven success? the guy plays his heart out for you and you demote him to 4th line minutes with no scoring chances and then blame his numbers for his scratch. brouwer just seems like he is along for the ride these days, he needs a kick in the pants, maybe a 4th line demotion would get him to play up to his potential

      • btd5504 - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        so you think brouwer, the guy with 15 goals and hits everything that moves AND kills penalties should be bumped to the 4th line for the 39 year old whose play has clearly diminished? what the hell have you been watching to say brouwer “needs a kick in the pants”? do you know ANYTHING about hockey? that guy is all over the place, doing whatever it takes to win, and you want to replace him with Knuble, who hasn’t done anything to warrant leaving the 4th line? give me a break!

      • jpelle82 - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        brouwer is a bum. he is getting the points knuble used to get by default. he’s a -2, takes bad penalties, and when he isnt in the box he helps kill penalties on one of the worst pk units in the league (22nd in nhl).

  3. drewzducks - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    A return to Boston may help both him and a team that’s stuck in the mud right now and with no sign of a return from Horton any time soon. Can’t be worse than “Dorothy” Hamill or Caron.

  4. yettyskills - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Lots of teams will take Mike for the playoffs. He is responsible, doesn’t take stupid PIMs, and you can trust him defensively. Put him on a grind line. Washington needs to keep him.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      i still believe he is a strong pp guy and 1st or 2nd line guy. he made a living killing the penguins the last couple seasons by camping in front of the net and collecting rebounds. he is still a big body and hard to move off the puck in the corner too. hunter wants fast kids like he had in the ontario league and knuble aint fast any more

      • btd5504 - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        i agree knuble should get more PP time, but he is no longer a 1st or 2nd line guy. he lived of Ovechkin and Backstrom when they were putting up 100 pts in a season. they aren’t doing that anymore, so Knuble has nobody to leech off of. he’s good in front of the net, but even that hasn’t been nearly as evident as it needs to be this year. take off the blinders, dude.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        Im sorry jpelle82 but i really dont know what hockey games your watching. Granted i love Knubles effort, but his ability is gone. He doesnt win the battles on the boards, he is pushed out of screens far too easily, and he is quite slow. Age catches up to everyone. And it shows with Knuble. I hate seeing it but i have watched nearly every game the last 4 years and i c it plainly. He has lost it and his time has come. Your comments are as if its the Knuble of 2 years ago, not the one i see unable to help his team. Please watch more games and understand Brouwer, Beagle, Aucoun, there all better in the lineup than Knuble.

  5. kantnockdahustle89 - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If them can move him then they should. He just doesn’t have it this year. Caps need puck moving defensemen or a 2C.

  6. capsrockva - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Knubs should not be traded @ the trading deadline. we need more players like him. He has heart. Whole heartly agree with this post. ” No idea what Hunter is thinking. If anything the Caps need more guys like Knuble- the ones with heart. So many of his teammates are skating around like they’re just running out the clock- Knuble, not so much.

    As for his production… if you don’t play a guy, he won’t produce goals. You’ll never get a goal from the bench, let alone the press box. Even at 39, he’s still a viable player. Here’s hoping the Caps do the wrong thing for themselves, and send him somewhere that he can really contribute some leadership- a young team like Colorado perhaps.

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