Mike Knuble will likely return to the Washington Capitals lineup this weekend as the team starts a four-game road trip.
And general manager George McPhee insists the veteran winger won’t be on the trade block this month – despite his recent three-game banishment to the press box as a healthy scratch.
Knuble, 39, expressed his displeasure with the benching. But he hasn’t asked for a trade.
“We haven’t had any conversations about it. In fact, we haven’t had any conversations, period,” McPhee told the Washington Post. “He’s a great pro, a great guy. We have no interest in trading him he hasn’t asked for that. We haven’t talked to him about it.”
So what’s the deal with Hunter holding Knuble out of the lineup?
“One of the strengths we like about Dale is he holds people accountable if it’s not working out for you and you’re not playing well, we’ll play somebody else,” McPhee said. “There’s no hidden agenda there.
"It’s real simple. If you’re in the lineup you’re doing something right. If you’re not in the lineup you’re not doing something right, you’re not playing hard enough, you’re not playing right and it doesn’t have to be explained.”