Mike Knuble has shown frustration but generally said the right things about being a healthy scratch for the Washington Capitals. On Tuesday that shifted, as the 39-year-old veteran admitted something might have to change.
“You have to kind of decide that two weeks before the trade deadline. If a player is not going to be used or in the near future, if you don’t have plans, then that player probably wouldn’t want to be there,” he said. “That’s how we are in our league. You want to go somewhere where you’re going to play and you’re going to contribute to the team. And if you can’t do it in one place, then you’ve got to go.”
Knuble, who has three goals, eight assists and a minus-14 rating this season, has been a healthy scratch for the past three games. In that time the Caps are 0-2-1.
“Everybody in here is a little bit frustrated with the way it’s been going lately, and then you throw that on top of things,” Knuble said. “You watch your team losing and all that, it’s very frustrating.”
Knuble said he hadn’t thought ahead to the weekend and the team’s upcoming road trip but gave some insight into his thought process about his uncertain status.
“It gets you thinking. It should be. You’re competitive. We’re all competitive and we want to play and we want to contribute,” Knuble said. “If it’s not irritating you and you’re not thinking about your options, the you might as well stop playing then.”