February 18, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (22) attempted to shoot during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Just Say No to Mike Knuble


 

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.

Tags: Detroit Red Wings

  • Matt Mendelsohn

    Mike Knuble has more than 1,000 NHL games worth of skill, a feat only 400 or so players in history have achieved. No skill my ass. The Capitals would not have advanced to the second round without Knuble singledhandedly getting them there. (Okay, Ward put it in the net, but the rest was all Knuble.)