Mike Knuble's busted pinkie finger
Thomas Boswell wrote a very nice column about the Caps over the weekend, but the best part came at the end, with quotes from Mike Knuble and Bruce Boudreau, concerning the former's busted pinkie.
Knuble, 37, holds up the pinkie with six screws -- a double-sized still-swollen thing that won't bend.
"It's only a finger," he says, shrugging. "I got four screws in the middle finger [years ago]. It worked out all right. My left hand has pretty much turned into a claw anyway."
Boudreau beamed proudly. "That's what happens when you go to the net with the guts that Knuble has," he said. "My screws are in my head. When they get loose, I get 'em tightened."
Naturally, like everyone who read the column, I wished that there had been a photo illustration. Well, here it is.
"It looks like a bent sausage," Brendan Morrison said.
"Little sausage finger," Brooks Laich agreed.
"I did my pinkie 10 years ago; it takes six months to go down," Tom Poti said. "Looks ugly for a long time."
"It's coming around," Knuble said, estimating the pinkie at double the regular size. "It was fatter. It was a lot fatter."
When Knuble busted the pinkie in mid-November against the Wild, the team took an X-ray and sent it to the hand surgeon. The X-ray didn't have a name on it.
"Oh, it's Mike Knuble," the surgeon reportedly said. "That's my work, too," he said, pointing to the middle one.
"This one shattered a bit more, so they had to piece more things together, and it went back to the knuckle," Knuble said of the pinkie. "I don't know how much it's gonna loosen up over time."
As for how it affects him in every-day life, he's already gone golfing with some teammates during the road trip to Tampa, and it didn't screw up his swing at all. "That's all I would care about," he joked. He's left-handed, so for now it's a bit tricky to write.
"Good thing I don't have to write a lot," he noted.
His kids already don't notice it, and his wife "thinks it's kind of disgusting, but what are you gonna do?"
He said the pins and plates don't set off metal detectors, nor do the plates he still has in his face. Plates in his face?"
"I broke my face," he said. "Ran into Brendan Shanahan. You can Google it."
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