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by Paul on 02/13/12 at 12:47 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Now is the time for general manager George McPhee to make his next move.
He’s got an unhappy right wing (Mike Knuble) and two unhappy defensemen (Jeff Schultz and John Erskine) who could help teams looking for some offensive and defensive depth.
He’s got a pair of 2012 first-round draft picks – Colorado’s and his own – and a pair of prospects (Cody Eakin and Stanislav Galiev) who would attract interest. And there’s always the possibility of dealing soon-to-be-unrestricted free agent Alex Semin.
So what should McPhee do?
His first order of business should be resolving the Knuble situation. The popular 39-year-old right wing sat out his second straight game in Sunday’s 3-2 loss in New York (the Caps are 0-1-1 without Knuble in the lineup) and his leadership qualities go to waste if he is not in the lineup.
Ironically, the team that might be the best fit for Knuble is the Capitals’ next opponent. The San Jose Sharks visit the Verizon Center tonight (7:30 p.m.) and general manager Doug Wilson could use a top-line right wing to play alongside center Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.
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