Defenseman Roman Hamrlik and right wing Mike Knuble said today they have not asked Capitals general manager George McPhee for a trade, but both seemed open to the possibility of being moved before the 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Well see whats going to happen in the next two hours, Hamrlik said after taking part in the Capitals 10:30 a.m. practice. I get paid to play hockey and when I get a chance Im going to give 100 percent.
Hamrlik, 37, has sat out three straight games as a healthy scratch. He has one year remaining on a contract that pays him 3.5 million a season
At my age I wish I could play, but thats not my decision, Hamrlik said. I try to work hard and stay positive but its no fun to watch the game from upstairs.
Knuble, 39, is on a one-year, 2 million contract. He has just three goals and is a minus-16 in 57 games this season and has been a healthy scratch in five of the Caps last nine games.
Im not standing here with my head in the sand, Knuble said. I know the year Ive had and the way things have gone of late and Im on an expiring contract. Those are characteristics the (make players) become tradeable at this time of year.
Knuble said if given the choice, he would remain in Washington and be a big contributor to the teams playoff push. But if not here
Everybody wants that opportunity to play, Knuble said. That said, you start something youre with this team for a couple years you want to see it through. George is never going to pass a chance to better his club and hes expected to do that.
Ive never asked to be moved.
Knuble actually practiced on the Capitals top line with Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson on Monday, but said he considered himself a placeholder for Keith Aucoin, who was assigned to the AHL Bears on Sunday but is expected to be recalled on Tuesday.
I imagine Keith will be back tomorrow, Knuble said. Thats what I assume that will happen, so Im just kind of filling a spot for him.
So what will Knuble do up until 3 oclock today?
You wait, he said. Ive got three or four hours. Dave Steckel got his call (last year) at 3:30 after it all went down. You just have to be in that mode until 3:30 or 4 oclock.