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Caps players didn’t care much for fan’s signs during warmup

Mar 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Picture courtesy of: @KnublesKnights Picture courtesy of: @KnublesKnights

Since Dale Hunter has taken over for Bruce Boudreau behind the Washington bench, one player that’s been phased out of action for the Caps is fan-favorite Mike Knuble.

Knuble’s been a healthy scratch more often than not lately, and with the team losing, some fans calling themselves “Knuble’s Knights” brought signs of protest to the game. However, they were soon told to take them down.

With one sign reading “Free Knuble” and the other reading “Scratch Hunter” you can see where this might make just about everyone on the team uncomfortable. Katie Carrera of The Washington Post explains what happened during the team’s warmups.

According to a Capitals spokesman, three players saw the signs during warmups and asked that they be taken down. They were primarily concerned with the sign that read “Scratch Hunter,” the spokesman said.

Things are ugly in Washington and Knuble hasn’t been very good. Still, seeing how the players got this bothered by a couple of signs that said mostly harmless things makes you wonder what life’s like in that locker room (Hint: It’s probably not a lot of fun).

(Photo courtesy of Knuble’s Knights via Twitter)

  1. hawknuts - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    i knew the capitals were a bunch of phussies on the ice but i didn’t know they were also sensitive phussies…im sure with all the daggers hunter has thrown in his day this means very little to him, if anything at all. make the playoffs and people won’t bring this crap to the rink to remind you of how bad your choking.

    • dagnats - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      choking…? they haven’t been good all year…choking implies that they were good at one point this season…they are just below average this year

      • brianforster - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        set a franchise record for consecutive wins, destroyed detroit in an early battle of the unbeatens… at one point there was hope for us this season! :(

  2. hawknuts - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    i guess your right but i figure a team with one of the supposedly top 3 players in the league could make a run when the bottom teams in the conference are all fighting for the final playoff spot. i.e choking

    but you are right, this team has been garbage for a long time and will continue that way until they fire george mcphee and maybe even hunter. leonsis needs to act now to save oveckins relationship with the capitals or its going to get ugly when he asks out.

  3. bcisleman - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    All I can say is that I still remember what Hunter did at the Coliseum in 1993. He should have been arrested for what he did to Pierre Turgeon. Anything bad that has ever happened to him since–including this year–is well deserved hockey karma. If he were a man, he’d go to Turgeon, look him in the eye, and apologize. Don’t think he’s done that.

  4. killerpgh - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    What next? Throwing fans out for booing?
    Without looking back I think the Capitals did start the season on fire. 7 wins to start the season off. So “choking” could fit if I’m right. This team is to good to miss the playoffs.

  5. mgp1219 - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I always hated the Hunters (all of them) for how they played and that hit on Turgeon many years ago corroborated my opinion about Dale.

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