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The Capitals won’t have Mike Knuble to kick around anymore

Jun 6, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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Mike Knuble had a strenuous time in Washington this season. He went from the first line to being a healthy scratch then ultimately a fourth liner in the postseason. Now his time with the Capitals is at an end.

Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports Caps GM George McPhee told Knuble the team will not be bringing him back next season. Knuble says it’s not all that unexpected of a decision.

“There are younger guys stepping up and those guys will need a spot to play and a chance to play…. It’s really the first time in my career that I’ve been told by a team they don’t want me back, but it’s not like I was blindsided.”

At 39-years-old Knuble’s skills aren’t quite what they used to be, but after the way he was handled in Washington this past season, you wonder if he’ll have a little left in the tank along with a chip on his shoulder. There were teams believed to be interested in acquiring him at the deadline but the Caps didn’t pull the trigger on a deal. Knuble will be 40 when the season starts again in October.

  1. govtminion - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Hey Columbus and Edmonton, want to start building a decent team? Want a solid forward to teach the young guys how to play in the pros? Here’s your guy.

    • bcisleman - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      I’d like to see Garth offer Knuble a 1 year deal. He could work w/ Matt and Marty on the 4th line and make it more productive while adding veteran leadership in the room.

  2. sportsfreak13 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    For the rigth price i wouldnt mind seeing him come to the pens on a 1 year deal. He would fill the role that billy guerin had when we won the cup. Good veteran leadership.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      pens have steve sullivan for that role, though i dont know if he did a better job than recchi or guerin did with the leadership part, he definitely was productive on the score sheet. i dont see knuble putting up 20 goals or being as valuable on the pp.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Agreed but steve sullivan is a UFA and isnt quite as vocal as knuble is. When talbot left the pens and billy g retired they lost the big talkers in the room and instead have alot of guys that “lead by example” which isnt bad but i do believe you need a mix. Points wise sullivan is better. Leadership wise id say knuble is better in my opinion.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    To Joe Yerdon, way to take a nice artical from washington post and completely chop it into crap. Good luck to knubs i hope he keeps playing, and if you wanna know the true story and not the one that makes it like theirs more drama in D.C.. Go to the post and read it for yourself.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      rob is that you?

  4. wethog66 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Thanks for being a solid vet, and a stand up guy the last 3 years with the Caps, Old Man River. Good luck in the future. You will be missed.

  5. jbrunnels - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    A lot was made of the number of players the Blackhawks weren’t able to re-sign due to salary cap issues after their Cup run, but the single biggest loss for the organization was John McDonough wanting a name (Bowman, and there all he did was get a son) and not a lunch-pail guy like Tallon as GM. Tallon gave the organization 20+ years of his service in varying capacities, and was told to not let the door hit him on the way out. Here’s to hoping he gets the Panthers a Cup, and hoping he beats the Blackhawks to do it,

  6. capsrockva - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I did not know Knubes wouldn’t be returning. bad idea by the caps

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