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Brooks: Go Get Knuble

May 25, 2009, by

Larry Brooks at the NY Post wrote that the Rangers will be targeting Mike Knuble come July 1. Knuble is 37 and is a big presence in front of the net on the PP, which the Rangers sorely need. But I have a problem with this article:

Subtracting Antropov, Markus Naslund, Nikolai Zherdev (probably), Paul Mara, Aaron Voros, Blair Betts and Colton Orr from the roster leaves the Rangers with 110 NHL goals on their team. It doesn’t matter that Knuble will be 37 on July 4. It matters that he can score and probably is affordable.

My problem comes from the players listed here. First off, Voros has a three year deal, he’s not going anywhere unless the Rangers unless the Rangers buy him out, or send him to Hartford. Strike one Larry. Strike two: Betts is going to be resigned. Strike three: why even mention Mara, Voros, Betts and Orr in a conversation about goal scoring? Really? But this post isn’t about picking apart the article, it’s about the rumor Brooks is creating, so let’s get to that.

This isn’t the worst of rumors to hear, Knuble is a physical presence in front of the net that can bang home some rebounds on the powerplay, and they do need someone to help replace the goal scoring hole vacated by Markus Naslund. As some people react to this “rumor” (note: quotations), I find it to be completely absurd that people are willing to throw more than one year at him. Since not everyone understands the intricacies of the cap, I’ll point out that if you sign a player over 35 to a multi-year deal, you are hit with that cap number for the entire length of the contract, regardless if the player retires, gets hurt, or just sucks and you send him to the AHL. That cap number remains with the team.

If Sather brings in Knuble at, say one year, and $2 million, I won’t exactly be screaming for his head. I’d prefer him spending money to keep Zherdev around, and maybe trying to lure Radulov back from Russia, but this won’t be a terrible way to spend money.


  1. Zen says:

    Dave, do you honestly think that Zherdev is worth qualifying at his current salary? I know that he started strong, but he was basically invisible after January. We need players that are going to play hard ALL the time and Zherdev is clearly not that player.

    I agree that Betts will be resigned, but the team does not have to buy Voros out to get rid of him. They can just as easily send him and his salary to Hartford… which is probably their intent.

  2. Dave says:

    Yes, I do believe he is worth the $3.5 million qualifying offer. He is 24 years old, and he is worth at least one more year under Torts’ system to see if he’s ever going to live up to the potential. This team needs offense, and Zherdev is by far the most skilled player on the roster.

    Who do you think will replace the 20 goals and 60 points? Callahan, maybe. He’s scored 20 once in his career. But he’s not a 60 point player as of yet. This team needs a sure-fire 20-goal scorer. Zherdev is still relatively cheap.

    At least qualify him so that if he signs an offer sheet, they get draft picks.

    As for Voros, I mentioned they could send him to Hartford as a way to get rid of him, but until I see it happen, I’m not going to believe it. I believe that they will use him as a 13th forward.

  3. MaddMatt says:

    This roster is so hand cuffed it’s not even funny.

    • Dave says:

      You can thank Mr. Sather for that. I wonder what he plans on doing this summer. It’s always a crapshoot with him.