Mike Knuble has missed three straight Washington Capitals games as a healthy scratch. He has gone off about wanting to contribute and play – somewhere, anywhere.
Now he’s done talking about.
“It’s already gone on too long. I feel like it’s a little bit too dramatic,” Knuble said in some blunt comments Wednesday. “I don’t really have anything else to say about it. I just want it to end. You’ve said your piece, and it doesn’t need to carry on. Consider this the end of it, then.”
Knuble was in a green practice jersey Wednesday skating on a line with Matt Hendricks and Brooks Laich. Barring other roster moves, the 39-year-old veteran right wing will play Friday night at the Florida Panthers, but that’s far from a certainty.
“Between here and Friday, you don’t know. If it is, it’s a chance to play and it’s a chance to try and stick in there. It’s always a great opportunity to play,” Knuble said. “The ball’s in your court after a while, you know? Until you get a chance to play, maybe. Who knows what’s going to happen between now and Friday. I mean that’s the way you have to look at it – just be prepared either way.”
Coach Dale Hunter wasn’t ready to make any declarations Wednesday, really about anything. He didn’t know if the Caps would recall another forward; right now they have just the requisite 12 on the active roster.
But he offered positive words about Knuble.
“He looked good; he skated well,” Hunter said. “He’s chomping at the bit to go, so again we’ll see what happens.”