Mike Knuble was was invited to the Detroit Red Wings training camp, but is a long shot to make the Red Wings roster.
The Detroit Red Wings are heading into the 2012-13 season with 14 healthy forwards; Patrick Eaves has not been cleared, but is practicing. The Wings carried 14 forwards, at most, all of last season, leaving Knuble no room on the roster. He is currently coming off one of the worst seasons of his career with 18 points in 72 games and was a -15 player. In an era where the Red Wings should be trying to get younger Knuble, at 40 years old, does not fit into the mold.
If the Red Wings are looking to rejuvenate the line-up Knuble does not make sense when the Red Wings have prospects Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist ready to make the jump to the NHL. Bringing in Knuble will take away valuable NHL experience from Nyquist and Tatar, whom would be called up to Detroit if there was an injury.
While it is always nice to bring a player back to the Red Wings, Mike Knuble does not offer enough skill to help the Red Wings make a playoff push. Once training camp is over the Red Wings should not sign him to a contract.