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Mike Knuble offers some advice to Caps on what kind of coach they should hire

Jun 7, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

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By now you know Mike Knuble won’t be returning to the Capitals next season. After spending three seasons in Washington, he’ll be looking for a new team next year, but he leaves giving some advice to GM George McPhee on what kind of coach they should hire next.

Knuble tells Katie Carrera of The Washington Post that finding a happy medium between their last two bench bosses would be in their best interests.

“Finding someone who can go between Bruce’s style and Dale’s style, I think, is key,” Knuble said. “The Caps have a lot of skilled players who don’t have to play so conservatively all the time; you can be a little more aggressive at the start of the game. I think you’ve got to let them go be the world-class talents that they are. Then you work to get everybody playing defensive when the situation calls for it.”

Operating between the extremes of Bruce Boudreau’s “run and gun” kind of hockey and Dale Hunter’s “bore you to tears” style has all the makings of a real good idea. Scoring and strong defense? Sounds pretty ideal. As for who the contenders are for the vacant Caps job, that’s another story entirely as McPhee isn’t really talking about who he’s aiming for. Hey maybe Knuble wants to coach some day.

  1. watermelon1 - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Adam Oates. It’s so easy and obvious… You know it won’t happen.

    • rockthered1286 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      I’ve been saying this for a while now. No way in hell it happens but ideal. Need to figure otu something soon. Helps guide your draft pick decisions based upon your style of play (to an extent).

      • ravenscaps48 - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        Love to get AO in here to get these boys going down a balanced path.

  2. michiganhockey11 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Very interesting what he said regarding what’s left of his career the other day. Specifically, where he would like to finish his career. Hope it can happen. Come back home Mike.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      I hope he does. I have nothing negative to say about Mike Knuble. He is a great hockey player and a better person/leader. I wish we would’ve signed him earlier in his career……. Wait a minute… Hey Mike, Wanna Coach? Hahaha

  3. selldannysell - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    The Caps biggest problem is that George McPhee will be making the decision on that, instead of a real, competent GM.

  4. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Knuble is still a playoff player … probably one player Detroit should never of gotten rid of

  5. dawglb - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Knuble is one player in pro sports that I respect enough, to listen to his opinion regarding a future coach choice.

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