After he was made a healthy scratch for three consecutive games, veteran alternate captain Mike Knuble voiced his displeasure with watching from the pressbox. The 39-year-old right wing said he hadn’t asked to be traded, though, but that he might reconsider his options.
On Thursday, General Manager George McPhee said Knuble isn’t going anywhere.
“We haven’t had any conversations about it. In fact, we haven’t had any conversations, period,” McPhee said when asked if Knuble requested a trade or if he would consider moving the veteran. “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.”
In the past two practices, Knuble has been wearing a green sweater and skating as a member of the third line with Brooks Laich and Matt Hendricks. McPhee confirmed that the team’s intention is to play Knuble this weekend, but Coach Dale Hunter wouldn’t go so far as guarantee it and called it a game-time decision.
“I expect [Knuble] would be [back in the lineup], that’s the plan,” McPhee said and then defended the coach’s decision making processes.
“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.”
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