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11-29-2012, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Sawdalite View Post
I'm not sure Knuble's situation/problem last season wasn't more the product of the Capital coaching and their treatment and use of him than it was due to his playing himself out of a spot on the roster... I won't argue that he is not totally what he was when he was manning the First Line in Philly, but being a huge supporter of his I know his is not a bit selfish and is a Team Player above and beyond all else... For Knuble to say what he said and do what he did that last season in Washington, he had to have been provoked and disrespected enough to rebel... Frankly, IMO he acted PO'd and that probably carried over onto the ice. I don't believe Washington wanted him to play his game and went to drastic -- and disrespectful -- measures IMO to break Flyers in a more limited role... a lower line and seldom PKs... and placed in his office in the crease on the second or even first PP unit, and on the ice a bit when a key goal is needed... and he would earn his spot and Cap space, which should be quite a bit reduced this time around. I see him as a Recchi for the right teams in his later years... like Rex proved to be.
With all due respect to Knuble, he won't provide teams with what Recchi did in his later years. Recchi was a very effective top nine forward up until he retired, and Knuble can't do that anymore. It was quite obvious that he struggled to keep up with speed of the game last season and that's why he was benched at times. As others have said, a full year off would pretty much be the final nail in the coffin. If he decided to come back, I could definitely see him being used as a thirteenth forward-powerplay specialist for a playoff team. That's not to say he's useless. In fact, just his experience alone would do wonders for a locker room. But, his days as a top six guy are pretty much over.

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