Mike Knuble understands he isn’t the player he was during his first stint with the Flyers, but the 40-year-old right wing, who was signed as a free agent on Friday, is looking to contribute in any way.
The Flyers agreed to terms with Knuble following the recent injury to Scott Hartnell, who is expected to miss four to eight weeks due to a broken bone in his left foot.
Knuble was a popular member of the Flyers from 2005-2009 and then signed with Washington as a free agent, where he played the past three years.
He said he will be ready for any role with the Flyers.
“I’m pretty realistic that for a guy like me, you’re going to be a spot-filler, going to fill some holes at times, and come in and do what’s asked of you, play where you need to play,” he said.
The Flyers said that Knuble would be available for Saturday’s game in Florida against the Panthers. And Knuble, who had been with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, he is more than willing to immediately contribute.
“It’s up to them, it’s their decision and what they do, but I‘m eligible and I’m ready to go,” he said.
He admits that things will be a work in progress.
“I know everybody’s got a couple games under their belt already,” Knuble said. “I played one the other day in the American League. So I guess that’s going to have to do for now.”