Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/06/12 at 04:10 PM ET
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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