Mike Knuble was skating on the third line with Brooks Laich and Matt Hendricks in practice on Wednesday, and it’s possible that the veteran right wing may be back in the lineup Friday against the Panthers.
Of the 21 players on Washington’s active roster, there are 12 forwards and the team could recall an extra from Hershey for the road trip as insurance. Hunter wouldn’t divulge whether the team planned to bring up someone from the Bears, though.
Hunter also didn’t offer any insight on whether he intended to play Knuble after scratching him for three straight games, saying, “we’ll wait to see what happens” when asked about the alternate captain’s status. Knuble said one practice doesn’t guarantee anything.
“It’s between here and Friday, you don’t know,” Knuble said when asked if he thought his placement in the workout was a signal that he would play. “If it is, it’s a chance to play and try to stick in there. It’s always a great opportunity to play and the ball’s in your court after a while, so you get a chance to play, maybe.”
Knuble, who on Tuesday said he might be forced to consider a trade if he continued to be a healthy scratch, also said he wanted to put an end to the discussion about his absence from the lineup.
“It’s already gone on too long,” Knuble said. “I don’t really have anything else to say about it. Just want it to end, said your piece and there’s no need to carry on.”
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