Knuble's career took a decided upswing in the 2002-03 season when, as a 30-year-old member of the Boston Bruins, he was promoted to a line with Joe Thornton and Glen Murray because of an injury to Sergei Samsonov. And while the Thornton-Murray-Knuble line was not quite as dominating as the Legion of Doom line of Eric Lindros, Mikael Renberg and LeClair, it was one of the most explosive units in the league for two full seasons.
"What they've done to my career is amazing," said Knuble, whose goal totals jumped from eight in 2001-02 to 30 the following season and 21 the next. "Playing with them opened doors I never thought would open for me.
"I was a fourth-line guy just going out there trying not to make mistakes. Sometimes you need some people believing in you and Joe (Thornton) became very demanding. It was career-saving stuff that happened in Boston and it allowed me to come to Philadelphia."