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Caps GM McPhee on Knuble: “We have no interest in trading him”

Feb 16, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

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Another day, another trade deadline target off the list.

This time, it’s disgruntled Washington forward Mike Knuble. A healthy scratch for the last three games, Knuble has publicly (and repeatedly) voiced displeasure with his reduced role under head coach Dale Hunter — but apparently hasn’t asked Caps GM George McPhee to be dealt.

Which is good, because McPhee has no intention of dealing him.

“Mike has never asked for anything,” McPhee told CSN Washington. “We haven’t had any conversations, period. He’s a great pro, a great guy and we have no interest in trading him. He hasn’t asked for that and we haven’t talked to him about it.”

So that’s that, then.

Looking ahead, McPhee said he expects Knuble to rejoin the Caps lineup on Friday in Florida and hopes the benching will have done his 39-year-old assistant captain some good.

“Sometimes the best thing you can do for a player is to sit him down for a couple games,” McPhee said. “I think it’s healthy for players to sit down, get a fresh perspective and they’re almost always better when they come back.”

  1. natswizskincap - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    “Nor do we have any plans to play him. On another note we’d like to admit that we f*cked up the Bruce firing and the failed transition to a Defense minded team. So, we are going to trade Dale for Bruce and return to an aggressive offensive team.”
    Viva la Goal!!!

  2. jpelle82 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    all of this “we’re not trading him” crap around the league is BS. happens every year, some gm says we have no interest in trading him and sure enough the deadline comes and that guy is gone. i dont put any faith in this crap til after the deadline has passed. you owe knuble something, either play him or trade him.

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