Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Flyers sign Mike Knuble
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01-24-2013, 08:44 PM
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Knuble is not going to be a "replacement" for Hartnell.

I still believe he has something left. So what if he's slow? Knuble's never made a living off of speed. He's made his money over the years in the dirty areas in front of the net and has been one of the best at it. Ideally he should be in the top-six and should see PP time. That's where he's been able to succeed. Last year once Hunter took over in Washington, Knuble was put down on the fourth line and was next to invisible. Previously under Boudreau Knuble was on the top line with Ovechkin and Backstrom for years and had good chemistry with those two. Shouldn't have been moved off of that line IMO. Was the worst thing that could happen to him last year and his production suffered. He needs to be in the top-six. Like Holmstrom last year he proved to be almost useless at ES at fourth line minutes.

Flyers could use some offense and I still think Knuble can put the puck in the net. It's going to be a matter of using him appropriately and playing him with some talented forwards. He won't do anything in a checking or grinding role. Should be a good signing if that criteria is met. I think he can still produce. Like I said, should also see PP time. Lack of speed won't break him at this point. Plus, he's a leader, a veteran, and he's played for the team before and with some of the current Flyers. Familiarity is good.

Amazing how many players have returned to old teams this year. Begin, Corvo, Samuelsson, Bouillon, Stuart, and now Knuble. Crazy.

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