NHL Trade Rumors: Could Mike Knuble Traded By Washington Capitals?

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals reacts after a play against the Nashville Predators during the first period at Verizon Center on December 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Going by recent comments to CSN Washington, as well as recent scratches by head coach Dale Hunter, is Mike Knuble on the way out?

Something that seemed so unlikely at the beginning of this season could possibly happen. Mike Knuble, age 39 and in the final year of his contract, has been unhappy with his treatment by Capitals head coach Dale Hunter, who has had Knuble as a healthy scratch in recent games. His recent comments to CSN Washington also make people think that his time as a Capital could be coming to a close quickly.

"You've got to face reality. You can handle it a number of ways. You can be content and just sit there and let things happen as they may, or you can force an issue. You kind of have to decide that. We're two weeks before the trade deadline. If a player is not going to be used, or in the near future you're not in their plans, then that player probably wouldn't want to be there.

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"It gets you thinking. We're all competitive. We want to play and we want to contribute. If it's not irritating you and you're not thinking about your options, you might as well stop playing then."

The Capitals could possibly look to move Knuble for some younger help. Given Knuble's leadership and experience, there should be no shortage of teams willing to at least talk to the Capitals.

For more updates to this story as they break stay subscribed to this story stream. For more NHL trade rumors, visit sbnation.com. For more on the Washington Capitals, visit Japers' Rink.

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