Former Flyer Foe, Now Friend

Mike Knuble picked up 27 goals last season.

Mike Knuble picked up 27 goals last season.

by Ed Grant

The Caps made a solid signing in Mike Knuble, formerly of the Philadelphia Flyers. In him, the Capitals now have a gritty right wing that is very much at home parked at the top of the crease.

Knuble is adept at keeping up with top players, playing with the likes of Gagne and Forsberg (when he tallied 34 goals and 31 assists), and should have no problems keeping up with Ovechkin and Backstrom. If he can live up to those numbers – or more with the Caps high-powered offense – the $2.8 million for two years will prove a good price.

Even at the age of 36, he should be good for the two years, and I would wager that you don’t see a Nylander-esque drop in the second year; he has been a model of consistency in the NHL since 2002-03, getting between 46-65 points in those 6 seasons.

Mike Knuble’s  signature brings a lot of good qualities to the Capitals. He will add toughness to bring some balance to the finesse abundant offense, while being able to put up solid numbers of his own.

McPhee said he would dabble in the free agent market if it made sense. This definitely did.


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