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Caps Need To Make A Move Or Two

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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Primis's avatar

Caps need some REAL defensemen.

Posted by Primis on 02/13/12 at 01:27 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

For a fair price, Knuble would be a perfect addition for the Wings. With Cleary’s knee hurting even before he hit it in the door to the benches, Knuble provides depth in a role where he can fill in perfectly for Bertuzzi/Holmstrom/Cleary in the event of injury or more simply, in case those guys need a rest down the stretch since they are the type to carry nagging issues all season long.

Knuble would also improve your matchups in the playoffs if you play a team that can score with three lines because it would allow Filppula to play center when you needed that matchup without sacrificing too much on the offensive ability of Z’s line.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/13/12 at 01:43 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Today Knuble ... would like one last chance at a Stanley Cup.

Well, he’s not going to get it in San Jose. So, come on home to Michigan, MIke. You can be this year’s Dallas Drake.

But if he doesn’t come to the Wings, let’s hope he doesn’t end up in San Jose. The last thing the Wings need to see is another 6’3”, 230lb forward on the Sharkies team.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/13/12 at 02:04 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Knuble for Knhudler?

Posted by TheFreak on 02/13/12 at 03:53 PM ET


Caps need some REAL defensemen.

Caps need everything. The grinders do their jobs. The guys on IR were doing their jobs. Alzner’s doing his job. Nobody else is earning their paycheck including the coach.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/13/12 at 04:22 PM ET

SYF's avatar


Every team will be asking for one of those guys from the Wings development system.  No two ways about it.

Dick Axelsson?  Any takers?

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/13/12 at 04:27 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Every team will be asking for one of those guys from the Wings development system.  No two ways about it.

Posted by SYF from a “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” on 02/13/12 at 01:27 PM ET

I’d part with Jurco or Sheahan to get an impact forward or defenseman (Suter, Weber, etc).

Knuble though?  He’s not worth ANY prospect at this point.  A 4th for Knuble.  Not an ounce more.

Posted by Primis on 02/13/12 at 04:31 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

There should be no interest from the Wings in Knuble.  He’s a playoff player because of net-front presence but is too slow.  This is a Caps articles anyway.

Knuble to the shark makes sense…the only question is what the sharks are going to give in return.  I think Jason Demers might be going the other way.  Semin is a talented player but he’s just too soft.  He is afraid to get dirty in the corners.  This is what the playoffs are about.  Your not going to get anywhere with Mike Green either.  He can’t defend plain and simple.  If the Caps can get some secondary scoring wingers or a solid two-way defenseman in return for these players that would go a long way towards putting Washington back into contention.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 02/13/12 at 04:49 PM ET

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