A couple months after being honored for playing in his 1,000th NHL game, Mike Knuble finds himself preparing for a new home as Dale Hunter and the Capitals no longer appear to be interested in his services.
The 39-year old veteran is a fan favorite, but has been a healthy scratch in the last three games in favor of minor league call-ups.
“You want to go somewhere where you’re going to play and contribute to the team. If you can’t do it one place, then you got to go,” Knuble tells Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.
Knuble explains to El-Bashir that he hasn’t thought about talking with the Capitals before their upcoming four game road trip. “You just kind of got through this weekend.”
Trade rumors have linked Knuble to San Jose where he would rejoin Joe Thornton.
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canada reports that Washington’s GM George McPhee is “burning up the phone lines” more than any other general manager in the NHL.
Assuming Knuble is dealt, what should the Caps expect in return? Neil Greenberg of ESPN points out that dumping Knuble woud free up $2 million in cap space for Washington and expects that he could bring back a third or fourth round draft pick. The folks at Japers Rink argue that if Knuble could bring back that type of pick, Washington would have already pulled the tigger.
Whatever they get in return, Knuble’s time in Washington is likely coming to a close. I would imagine the relationship between the veteran and Hunter probably isn’t strong after three straight healthy scratches.