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Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern spent stretches as healthy scratches this season, though the 39-year-old alternate captain and 35-year-old former captain said Monday they both want to play next season.

“I’m open to playing. I’d love to play. I feel good; my body feels good and I’ve got nothing nagging me,” said Knuble, whose streak of eight 20-goal seasons ended. “Mentally, too, I still enjoy playing the game, and I still enjoy coming out to the rink every day, and I enjoy being around the other players and I think that that’s half the battle, wanting to be there, as you get older.”

Asked about returning to the Caps, Knuble said he recognized “there a lot of people to be taken care of before me.”

Halpern plans on being in the NHL next season, but his comments made it seem like that won’t happen in Washington.

“I’ll talk to George [McPhee], I would expect. And I’m sure that we’ll be honest with each other in our year-end meetings and go from there,” Halpern said. “I was pretty happy up until a couple months ago with how I played. And whatever happens in a summer, you go through it and take it from there.”

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