Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Knuble Joins AHL's Griffins

Former University of Michigan forward Mike Knuble, a 16-year NHL veteran, has signed a 25-game professional tryout contract with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins after being recently released by their parent club, the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

He will be free to sign with any NHL club that may come calling for his services while he is with the Griffins.

Knuble played at Michigan from 1991 to 1995, and scored 103 goals and added 72 assists. He had three 20-goal campaigns and two 30-goal seasons with the Wolverines, while helping them to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.

Born in Toronto, Knuble, 40, grew up in Michigan in the Grand Rapids suburb of Kentwood, and was a two-time 50-goal scorer at East Kentwood High School. The 6-3, 230-lb. winger began his NHL career in 1996-97 with Detroit, earning a Stanley Cup championship ring with the Red Wings the following year after appearing in 52 regular-season games.

He has also played with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. In 1,040 NHL regular-season games to date, Knuble has tallied 274 goals and 266 assists for 540 points while collecting 621 penalty minutes. In 65 Stanley Cup Playoff outings, he has recorded 14-16—30 points and 38 PIM.

He spent last season with Washington, collecting six goals and 18 points in 72 contests. His best NHL campaign came in 2005-06 with Philadelphia when he registered 34-31—65 points, all career highs, in 82 appearances.

Knuble is expected to skate on Wednesday when the Griffins take on the Oklahoma City Barons. He previously played two seasons in the AHL with the Adirondack Red Wings, and tallied 50-58—108 points in 148 AHL games from 1995 to 1997.

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