With the NHL’s trade deadline of 3 p.m. drawing closer, there has been little movement so far, but two veteran players know their remaining time in Washington could be limited.
Mike Knuble and Roman Hamrlik have sat as healthy scratches in games leading up to the deadline, and both appear to be ready for anything.
“Obviously, I’ve been there before,” Hamrlik said. “Stay positive, and if something happens, it happens. I don’t have control. I wish I could stay, but we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
Hamrlik missed the past three games as a healthy scratch and earlier in the week was being actively shopped by the team according French-news outlet RDS. The 37-year-old defenseman also lashed out at Coach Dale Hunter after sitting out the Capitals’ game against Ottawa on Feb. 22. Despite his frustration at that coaching decision, Hamrlik reiterated Monday he has not asked to be traded.
Meantime, Knuble has been a healthy scratch in five of the past nine games including back-to-back contests this weekend. The well-respected 39-year-old winger could easily be a sought-after addition for teams looking to add leadership for a playoff push.
“I’m not standing there with my head in the sand,” Knuble said when asked how comfortable he is. “I know what the year I’ve had, and I know how things have gone as of late. [With] an expiring contract and that, I know it’s a lot of the characteristics that become tradable at this time of year.”
Knuble, who also has not requested a trade, said the day of the deadline simply turns into a waiting game for players. Don’t forget that trades can be announced after the 3 p.m. deadline because of the time necessary for the league to process the deal.
“You wait, got three four hours here,” Knuble said. Former Capitals center “Dave Steckel got his call at 3:30 [last season] after it already ended. You just kind of have to be in limbo until 3:30, 4 o’clock.”