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Report: Flyers to sign Mike Knuble

Jan 24, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

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Without the services of Scott Hartnell for 4-8 weeks, the Philadelphia Flyers will sign unrestricted free agent Mike Knuble on Friday.

The news was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has since been confirmed by

Knuble, 40, has worn a Flyers uniform before. The big forward spent four productive seasons in Philadelphia, scoring 114 goals from 2005-06 to 2008-09.

Since leaving the Flyers, he’s spent the last three seasons with the Washington Capitals. In 2011-12, he struggled to score just six goals in 72 regular-season contests, logging only 13:57 of ice time per game.

However, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren thinks Knuble will provide veteran leadership and can still play quality minutes.

“He’s excited to come back,” said Holmgren. “He’s familiar with some of our players.There’s still a few guys left here from when he played.”

  1. friedberg7 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Is this Philly’s version of Billy Guerin? Could help the young guys develop quicker. Would love the Pens to have him if 5 years younger.

    • crosberries - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Someone needs to be a captain on that team

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Dude shut up. It’s the same leadership group that embarrassed your joke of a captain last season. Giroux is and will be a great captain for a long time.

      • 19to77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:48 AM

        Except for the niggling detail where he gets himself suspended for critical games, yeah.

  2. steelers88 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Gasp! The Flyers scored.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Steelers….. Ha

      • jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        ray lewis…ha. at least big ben didnt kill his victims.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Again, this is where people show how truly uneducated they are.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        ok guy…if he played for my team i would probably try to ignore the facts too…but the mis-used bible quotes and crocodile tears are getting old.

  3. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    yeah finally! honestly its only because last nights OT win took all the juice out of the Rangers. We got lucky haha

  4. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    On another note, holy sh¡t what a fight we just missed during a commercial break!!! Rookie Tye McGinn just absolutely owned some loser rookie for the Rangers!! I haven’t seen such a lopsided fight in a long time!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Can’t believe they cut to commercials. You could tell it was about to happen right as they broke. Too bad, what a bout.

      • 19to77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:55 AM

        You seriously expect me to believe “phillyphannn83” and “phillyphanatic77” are different people, don’t you?

        The word we use for that is “dumb.”

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        I’ve been accused of being phillyphann and Broadstbully now. Do you realize the Philly Phanatic and the Broad St Bullys are staples of Philadelphia sports history? There couldn’t possibly be more than one person in a city of close to 2million creating similar names! Talk about dumb 19to77, you’re an idiot. I am only Phillyphanatic77, the only other user name I’ve used on this site was Phillyphanatic76, which I forgot the password to. Why the hell would I have two separate conversations with myself on the same page? I will repeat this one more time I am not phillyphann83 or Broadstbully.

  5. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Just get another goal too! Nice sequence the last 5 mins on the ice.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Getting dirty goals and finally some friendly bounces. They haven’t been throwing it at the net enough this season. They’re doing it in this game and it’s working. Rangers are definitely tired. These back to backs are killing teams.

  6. mafmvp - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    How dare you compare this rent a hack to the great William Guerin. The only thing they have in common is being alive the last time Philly won a cup

  7. syndication2 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Nice pick up, he’ll be good for the playoffs.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      if he makes it til then…hartnell will be back and knuble might be in an old folks home come april.

  8. broadstbully33 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    It’ll be nice to see him screening goalies again.

  9. ravenscaps48 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Good Luck, Mike!

  10. sjsharks66 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Good pick up by the flyers. Will it solve all the problems? Only time will tell.

  11. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    mafmvp January 24, 2013, 8:39 PM EST

    How dare you compare this rent a hack to the great William Guerin. The only thing they have in common is being alive the last time Philly won a cup

    Hahahahahaa Knuble a rent-a-hack?? Wow you just showed your intelligence. Please keep posting, I’m in need of some entertainment!

  12. franchisethighs - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    This old bag couldn’t even make that loser Detroit team and filthy signs him within seconds of fartsmells foot going through menopause. Typical.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      filling vacated roster spots, typical.

  13. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    well there’s goes all that momentum…horrendous high sticking against mcginn. his stick came up because he got checked and was falling to the ice, thats such a garbage call and now a hooking on Grossman for a 5 on 3. Only a matter of time before its a tie game.

  14. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    OMG they killed a 2:00 5 on 3!!!!!!!

  15. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    WOW, JUST WOW!!!!!! What a PK by the Flyers!! 40 seconds of a 5-4, then a full 2 min 5-3, and then the final 1:20 of the original 5-4 from a bogus 4 min high stick!! What an effort!!!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      That 5 on 3 PK was unbelievable. Took all momentum away from the Rangers. Much needed win, awesome effort. And its all the more impressive without Hartnell, Briere, and BSchenn. Finally beat the Rangers!

  16. steelers88 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Does Bryzgalov have a shutout since he became a Flyer?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Yes I believe 4 last year? Might be mistaken but I think that’s the number.

      • valoisvipers - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        He had 4 in 5 games last March.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      He had 3 more than beach ball Fleury as a Flyer and about 32 more than MAF as a pro. Thanks for playing Fanboy.

      • miketoasty - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Fleury has played 10 seasons pro, Bryzgalov has played 12. Bryz has 29 shutouts to Fleurys 22.

        Not that it matters but 21 of those shutouts for Bryz came while playing for the defensive minded Coyotes. Again doesn’t change the numbers but it’s a lot closer than some idiot spewing out garbage would like you all to believe.

  17. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I just love it how so many people say the Rangers are so good and the Flyers are so bad yet we have identical records…hmmmmm

  18. joewilliesshnoz - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Nice signing, now they have a real pro to call out the bingo numbers.

  19. digbysellers - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The level of discussion on here borderlines on the absurd…is it just Pens and Flyers fans throwing verbal garbage back and forth constantly? Last season was last season, the Pens have a cup recently and the Flyers don’t, it’s all the same crap thrown about over and over again. Some of the comments are funny and at least entertaining, the rest are pointless drivel that Alton Benes wouldn’t even approve of.

  20. eastcoastwingette - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Solid player, great guy. Knew he wasn’t going to make the Wings with our forward overload, but we all wish him nothing but the best. He still has the drive and that counts for something. Good role model for the younger kids.

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