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Mike Knuble Discusses His Future

Mike Knuble stopped by WOOD TV in Grand Rapids last night to discuss his future, his last year in Washington, playing with and against Nick Lidstrom and a few other topics.

You can watch the almost 9 minute interview below…

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All Mike Knuble

from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,

Mike Knuble has never been one to shy away from giving his opinions and in a wide-ranging interview with CSNwashington.com, the candid 39-year-old veteran offers his thoughts on his three seasons with the Capitals, their search for a new coach and his feelings about Alex Ovechkin:

CSN: You have a home in East Grand Rapids. Would the Detroit Red Wings be a possibility?

Knuble: We are going back that way and we are going to live in Michigan, probably the rest of our lives, or at least until the kids go to school and are out of college. Detroit would be a neat story since I was drafted there. I’ll make no secret about that. That would be a nice way to come back around. You don’t have that luxury, but maybe a team has a hole and I can fill fit for a year until a prospect develops.

CSN: You spent three seasons with Alex Ovechkin. What are your thoughts on the season he had and where he’s headed?

Knuble: It’s a strange year and hopefully in a couple years this was just a blip on the radar screen. Do I think his game has diminished? No. Do I think he might have to adapt to teams keying on him? Of course. There’s no doubting his skill. You’d love to see him get back to the amount of goals he used to score. He had 30-plus this year and the team had great success. If you combine him having a bigger season statistically and throw in some great team success you’re going to have a tough time holding this team back. I think he learned a lot this season. Hopefully, it’s part of maturing and there are great things to come in the next couple years.

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Knuble Wants To Remove The ‘Asterisk”

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Somewhere in a safety deposit box in Michigan sit Mike Knuble’s two Stanley Cup rings.

He gets them out to show the kids at his summer hockey camp every year. And his own kids, now ages 7, 10 and 11, like to try them on occasionally, feel their heft and marvel at the diamonds.

But there’s a reason these rings do not feature more prominently in Knuble’s life and the answer is both simple and reflective of the nature of the man: he doesn’t feel he has earned them.

At the time, in 1997 and 1998, Knuble was a member of the Detroit Red Wings. He did not play in the 1997 playoffs and in 1998 played just three postseason games but the Ilitch family, which owns the Wings, bestowed on Knuble and other players rings marking the back-to-back championships regardless. His name appears on the Cup for the 1998 win but for Knuble, “you’ve got a mental asterisk” when it comes to thinking about those championships, he said.

If anything, the experience of being at least peripherally involved in those championship runs has instilled a burning desire to return to that level again and this time make a difference.

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The Life Of A Hockey Dad And Player

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

“I get home from practice at 1:30,” (Mike) Knuble said, recounting a typical weekday afternoon during hockey season. “The kids are out of school at 3. We try to do some homework from 3 to 4. We’re in the car around 4:15 and we’re back here until 7, 7:30.

“Eating healthy,” he added, “takes some planning.”

Knuble’s schedule can get hectic. But thanks to Megan, his high-energy, ultra-organized wife, a dry-erase board and a carefully choreographed network of carpools, everyone ends up where they’re supposed to be, even when he’s on the road with the Capitals.

On the meticulously detailed white board, each family member’s daily schedule is color-coded in dry erase marker. Cole’s events are in blue. Cam’s are green. Anna, the Knubles’ soccer- and lacrosse-playing 10-year-old daughter, is pink. Mike and Megan’s schedules are in black. Times are noted. So are driving responsibilities and, in some cases, addresses for away games.

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Knuble Expected to be Out Tonight

From Scott Burnside at ESPN:

Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn’t say whether forward Mike Knuble will play Wednesday night in Game 4 of Washington’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the New York Rangers. But all signs point to Knuble sitting out.

A number of Capitals players said Knuble isn’t expected to play because of an undisclosed injury. And winger Eric Fehr indicated he would be in the lineup for the first time in the playoffs.

It’s unknown exactly how Knuble was injured or the extent of the injury. But it is known what he’s meant to the Capitals: He’s a vital part of a penalty killing unit that ranked second during the regular season and has allowed just one power-play goal through the first three games of this series.

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Capitals Extend Knuble

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed Mike Knuble to a one-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A 6’3”, 227-pound right wing, Knuble (kuh-NOO-buhl) recorded 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) and 36 penalty minutes while playing in 79 games with the Capitals this season. The 38-year old, who ranked third on the team in goals, became the eighth active player in the league to have scored at least 20 goals in eight straight seasons. Knuble finished the season with 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in his last 14 games and his 24 goals were the third-most for all players aged 35 and older, trailing only Martin St. Louis (31) and Teemu Selanne (31).

Last season, Knuble collected 53 points (29 goals, 24 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in his first year with Washington. He ranked fourth on the team in goals and registered his fifth 50-plus-point season in his career.

added 10:25am, $2M per Pierre LeBrun tweet.

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Knuble Resurging at the Right Time

From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post:

The vet­eran appeared out of sync some nights and a step too slow on others.

In the past three weeks, however, the 38-year-old has been the Capitals’ most productive player and, once again, ranks among the game’s premier power forwards. After scoring a total of three goals in October and November, Knuble has netted nine goals in 12 games to bring his season total to 24 and propel Washington closer to a second consecutive Eastern Conference regular season title.

“Got to get the old bones going,” Coach Bruce Boudreau cracked when asked about Knuble’s slow start. “It takes a little time. He’ll be the first one to tell you [that] he’s a better second half player. Some people are, and there’s no explanation for it.”

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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Afternoon Line

“You can’t predict how big of a window you’re going to have before you have to blow it apart and the salary cap gets in the way.  You don’t want to be on a team where you look back in 15 years and say, ‘Damn, why’d we screw that up?’ That’s my big fear. I’ve been on teams and you look back and realize, wow, that was a good team. Why didn’t we do better? This is a team with superstar-caliber players. You have to strike when they’re all there.”

-Mike Knuble of the Washington Capitals.  More on Knuble from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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Knuble Out With Broken Finger

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Mike Knuble suffered a broken finger late in the first period and will need surgery, a team official said. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.

The first line right wing was injured when he was shoved from behind and crashed headfirst into the net by Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky. It’s unclear exactly how Knuble was hurt, but he went hurdling over goalie Josh Harding and landed hard.

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Capitals Look To Knuble For Leadership

from Gary Graves of USA TODAY,

As Knuble’s role takes shape with the defending Southeast Division champions — he was projected to play on the top line with Ovechkin when he signed July 1, but his first two games were with the second unit — he has made inroads. The club named him an alternate captain, the first time the 6-3, 223-pound Toronto native recalls starting a season with that title.

“That’s part of the deal of coming in, being an older player and (the team looking to) a more veteran guy,” he said. “It’s still a young core group, but there are leaders all over and guys lead by experience by their play on the ice. It’s an honor, though.”

Of his Philadelphia homecoming, he added, “It’s going to be weird.”

His true value might be defined in the playoffs, when the Capitals hope Knuble influences their younger players the same way since-departed Sergei Fedorov did last season. Knuble is coming off a 27-goal season, so there’s no doubt his stick carries as much weight as his voice.

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When Mike was a rookie with the Wings, we happened to live in the same city and would run into each other on occasion.  I remember Mike had that “deer in the headlights” stare with him at the time and it is nice to see the progress Mike has made in the NHL.

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Knuble Feels He Is A Fit In Washington

from Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press at Mlive,

“I didn’t want to leave Philly. I thought they were still a good team that could contend in the East,” Knuble said. “But I didn’t want to leave a team that had a chance to contend for a team that didn’t have a chance.”

Washington won 50 games last season and finished first in the Southeast Division. The Capitals then lost an exciting seven-game series to the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Knuble hopes he can help Washington take the next step.

“I knew they needed a guy like me,” Knuble said. “A guy that go out in front of the net and score goals, get goals off my skate, my stick, my rear end, whatever.”

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Capitals Sign Knuble, 2 Years

via TSN,

Forward Mike Knuble is heading to his fifth NHL team.

The 36-year-old has signed an two-year contract with the Washington Capitals worth $2.8 million a season.

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Life After 30

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Deleware County Times,

“You have to keep yourself honest in the summertime because you’re competing with guys who have the gift of time,” Knuble said. “I know it’s not going to go on forever, but that’s what you use for motivation – trying to make up for lost time.”

Knuble has been doing a darn good job of that. Since turning 30, he has played a second career.

Prior to hitting his 30s, Knuble struggled to score, compiling just 50 goals in his first seven seasons. Given a last chance in Boston, he turned his career around with one 30-goal season, and since has scored 164 goals in six seasons, four with the Flyers.

“I was lucky to still be in the league at age 30,” Knuble said. “Boston gave me a chance, but there were people in that organization that wanted to let me go. There are plenty of guys that are good players that never get the right chance. If things don’t come together for you quick, you kind of fade away and I was right on the cusp of that.

“Then I scored those 30 goals and suddenly my career went in a different direction.”

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Nick Kypreos is Wrong

Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers writes:

Apparently, Nick Kypreos reported on Sportsnet last night that the Blue Jackets were going to trade defenseman Jan Hejda and a fourth-round pick to the Flyers for winger Mike Knuble.

This is ridiculous. This is crazy. This will not happen. Not a chance.

Well, that seems pretty definitive.  Although this doesn’t stop the kids on HF Boards from tackling the rumor from every angle they can think of as well (and Kypreos doesn’t fare too well there either.)

Must be a slow day in rumor land.

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Knuble ‘Thinking’ Cup

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Mike Knuble grew up in Kentwood, Mich., played hockey for the University of Michigan, held the Stanley Cup in his hands at the end of his first two NHL seasons with Detroit. “The passion it brings out in the city and the fans is something you never forget,” he said after the Flyers’ practice yesterday. “In Detroit they had all those flags hanging on the cars . . .

“You got tired of it almost after 2 years in a row. It sounds crazy but . . . It was like, ‘There’s that damn Cup again.’ “

Ten long years later, after stops in Detroit, with the New York Rangers and Boston, after his midcareer transformation from NHL grinder to goal-scorer, Knuble, 35, sometimes drives home from the rink conjuring up that image, sometimes imagines what that skate around the ice

after the NHL’s final game would feel like again. He tries not to, he said, because the Flyers have won only eight of the 16 games necessary for that dream to be a reality. But it doesn’t always work, and it does not make him tired.

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Knuble Out With Torn Hamstring

via the AP,

Right wing Mike Knuble is out for the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff series against the Washington Capitals. He suffered a torn left hamstring in Saturday’s Game 5 loss. Knuble, who scored the winner in double overtime of Game 4, appeared to catch his skate in a rut while attempting to block a shot late in the second period.

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Stars of the Week

NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 2.

More on each player below, plus video available at this link.

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Flyers Have Room For Improvement

from the Courier-Post,

Tonight, the Flyers enter Game No. 20 with an 11-7-1 record, good for second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. In other words, they’re 5-6-1 since starting the season with a bang.

So what kind of grade would the Flyers give themselves as they approach the quarter mark of the season?

“I’d give us a high B,” Flyers right wing Mike Knuble said.

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