Stats at espn.com, numbers at Capgeek.com
Yes, he's old. Yes, his production fell off a cliff last year. But could Knuble be a nice extra piece to add to a team short on leadership and experience at the winning end of the league?
This sentence pulled from an article on the the Washington times got me thinking.
Knuble, who turned 40 in July, is an unrestricted free agent. He can still be a valuable piece, on the power play and in the locker room especially, but things have been quiet this summer.
Last year was the first year since '02 that Knuble fell below 20 goals. why, I don't know. I have a hard time pinning the blame solely on age, when his TOI was 13:57 for the year (down from 17:53 the previous year). Surely you don't score 18 goals in that extra 4:04 of ice time.
Is it worth taking a gamble on bringing in a free agent Right Wing with the age and experience the Sabres need, at a few bucks short of his 2mil contract in WSH last year?
He's certainly a lot cheaper than Doan. He's seen quite a lot more playoff hockey than Doan. That's not to say the two are directly comparable, I haven't seen enough of either to say that definitively, and I dare say I'll get yelled at for it, but the point is, might Knuble be worth a look. Or at least a camp invite...
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