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Capitals breakdown: Mike Knuble

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Capitals breakdown: Mike Knuble

CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2011-12 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Mike Knuble
Mike KnublePosition: Right Wing
Age: 39
HtWt: 6-3, 229
Games: 72
Goals: 6
Assists: 12
Points: 18
Penalty Minutes: 32
Plus-Minus: Minus-15
Average Ice Time: 13:56
Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent

Strengths: A hard-working, veteran leader with a strong voice in the locker room, Knuble showed incredible professionalism during his most trying season in the NHL. Many believe Knuble can still be an offensive presence on the power play, where he is adept at deflecting pucks and jamming in rebounds.

Weaknesses: Knuble works his tail off in the offseason but he has lost a step and was a defensive liability this season, finishing as a minus player for just the third time in his 14-year career. Knuble also was guilty of taking some costly penalties, too many for a role player who logged less 14 minutes a game.

Memorable Moment on the ice: Can anyone forget the night of April 25, when Knuble blocked a shot, raced down the ice and hammered away at his own rebound until linemate Joel Ward swooped in to score the overtime game-winner in Boston in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals? Knuble had been a healthy scratch in the first three games of that series. I was carrying that thing right to the crease and I was going to jam it in myself one way or another, Knuble said. Joel was smart. He didnt swing by the net. He stopped out front and picked up the trash. Im very happy for him.

Memorable Moment off the ice: One of the classiest players to wear a Capitals uniform, Knuble had a difficult time watching games from the press box down the stretch and into the regular season and he voiced his frustration prior to the trade deadline, saying he would accept a trade but would not request one. You want to go somewhere where youre going to play and contribute to the team, Knuble said. If you cant do it in one place, then youve got to go. Knuble was not dealt by the Capitals and acknowledged there might not have been strong interest for a 39-year-old guy with three goals.

2012-13 Expectations: Knuble says hed like to play next season but has already been told by general manager George McPhee that it wont be in Washington, something Knuble fully expected. Ideally, Knuble would like to finish his career in Detroit, where he could play in a limited role and still be close to his family in East Grand Rapids.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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