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Mike Knuble to receive tryout with Red Wings

Jan 12, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings aren’t shy about embracing veterans, so perhaps it makes sense that they’re giving 40-year-old winger Mike Knuble a training camp tryout, according to CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley.

“No contract,” Knuble said in a text message. “Just a chance.”

Knuble is coming off a 2011-12 season in which he saw a huge drop-off in his production. After his eighth consecutive 20+ goal season in 2010-11, Knuble failed to even get 20 points in 2011-12, putting up 18 in 72 games.

To some, that might indicate that the power forward is at the end of the road. On the other hand, it seems reasonable to give a productive goal-scorer a chance to prove it was just an offseason, though MLive.com’s Ansar Khan explains why the odds are against him:

He is longshot to earn a spot on a crowded roster that includes 14 healthy forwards, plus Patrick Eaves, who will start the season on injured reserve due to a concussion. The Red Wings also have a few apparently NHL-ready forwards with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Knuble has defied convention before in his career, however. After a middling hockey career through his twenties, The forward scored 30 goals for the first time when he turned 30 in 2002-03.

Maybe he’s just a player who succeeds the most when it’s unexpected, then.

  1. eastcoastwingette - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    *sigh* Can he play D?

  2. hockinj25 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    He really has no shot in making the team.

  3. redwingsfan999 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    The wings offense has way too many players as it is y add another old guy to the team

    • letsgopens8771 - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Exactly, why can ‘t anybody else see that the wings need YOUNG TALENT. Sure, Datsyuk and Zetterberg are fun to watch, but they aren’t getting any younger, and as far as I know, Ken Holland isn’t secretly working on a Time Machine Project in his backyard or trying to plan a journey to the Fountain of Youth. SO, They need to drat and sign young guys. Knuble is past his expiration date and doesn’t pack the same amount of punch that he did as a Flyer, so why waste time and money on him. I am interested to see what Damien Brunner can do next to Datsyuk and Zetterberg but their defense is getting old as well, for the most part. At least they’ve starter developing young talent, but not enough.

  4. oviovertime - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    As a caps fan I hope he makes it. He is a tough guy who can play on the dirty areas. Never got my minutes under hunter. Still think he can get 20 goals and be responsible for many more.

    • letsgopens8771 - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Hunter was a horrible coach anyways. Caps were smart to get rid of him. However, just because Loudmouth baby Ovechkin doesn’t get more playing time and cooperate with a coach doesn’t mean you should completely blame the coach. The thing is its easier to fire a coach than to cut a large number of players.

  5. danphipps01 - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    I don’t know, guys, he’s pretty much a slightly older Bertuzzi who doesn’t take shifts off. Maybe there’s something to this.

  6. valoisvipers - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    oviovertime is right the Caps never gave him any good ice, the guy is a warrior and could help the wings with some grit and experience.

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