I don't see us signing him. At least I hope not--not with Nyquist/Tatar in GR.
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:46 PM
If he plays, it's going to be 4th, maybe 3rd line checker role. Not the same role as Nyquist or Tatar would play.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:46 PM
I dont see a fit either, highly doubt he makes the roster
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:50 PM
Edited by GoWings1905, 12 January 2013 - 08:50 PM.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:56 PM
I think it all depends on how serious Helms injury ends up being. If Helm ends up re-aggravating his injury and misses time it bumps Abby up to 3rd line center. I'd much rather have Knuble as 4th line center then Emmerton, but if Helms 100% by the end of training camp its a moot point.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:20 PM
why don't we five some swedish guy named lidstrom a tryout instead
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:24 PM
At best, he'll get a two-way contract and spend most of his time in the AHL.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:33 PM
ehh i dont really want him because of our prospects. but if we make the playoffs he would probably be a better option than emmerton like said above
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:39 PM
i thought he was younger than 40. no thanks even if he is a 20 goal scorer
we have enough 3rd 4th liners
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:46 PM
Well, considering this is a shortened season maybe Holland and Babcock want a more steady and solid 4th line and power play specialist than the young guys. If he makes this team, it must mean that Eaves is definitely out for the season and this could be the writing on the wall for Emmy or Mursak.
Everyone here (well most everyone) complains that Abby is a winger and plays better there, well now you would have Abby - Knuble - Tootoo as a 4th line. It looks much better than Emmerton at center...
Filppula - Datsyuk - Brunner
Sammy - Zetterberg - Franzine
Cleary - Helm - Bertuzzi
Abby - Knuble - Tootoo
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:49 PM
Well, he can actually shoot right handed.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:03 PM
I just look at it as Babcock and Co. don't have enough confidence in Emmerton and with this season when every game counts, they want the best chance to win. I happen to think Abby plays better on wing and getting Knuble over Emmerton is an upgrade at center...40 or not, he is more reliable and more solid than Emmerton. I happen to like the line of those three as well.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:21 PM
....give Lapointe a call?
Dude, Knuble played last year, Lapointe has played since 2008. This is a sprint to the playoffs and to the Stanley Cup. You are not hindering the developement of Tartar if you keep him in GR for this season. Emmerton has been given tons of opportunity, he is no better than a 13th forward on this team, ESPECIALLY with the talent they have in GR. Knuble is a right handed shot that will give them good and solid veteren play on the 4th line and the powerplay unit.
That being said, if he signs a two-way and spends his season mostly in GR, I wouldn't be surprised, he did afterall, grow up in the GR area (East Kentwood High School Grad) and probably would like earning a nice paycheck while playing at home...
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:38 PM
All I have to say about Holland and our off-season:
Holland is a damn good GM. period.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:45 PM
That exactly. This is a sprint of a season, every game counts. Knuble's defense is valuable as well as everything stevkrause mentioned...
I wouldn't be surprised if Mike is on the starting roster in St. Louis for game 1.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:46 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:55 PM
Miller is a wing....Knuble is a center. Both a very good penalty killers. I am a Miller fan too, but the Wings are in more need of a 4th line center than another winger. Nothing personal, just business...
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