NHL free agency is now in its fourth week and Mike Knuble is still waiting for a phone call from a team seeking his services as a power forward and locker room leader.
It has been eerily quiet, Knuble told CSNWashington.com. I guess this is how I thought it might go, but it is pretty calm.
Knuble became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, three days before his 40th birthday. He is coming off his least productive season in the NHL with six goals and 12 assists in 72 games for the Capitals.
Following the season, Knuble said he would like to play one more season but is prepared to call it a career if no teams offer him a contract.
I definitely want to play, Knuble said last month. Ive been pretty adamant about that the last little bit. The biggest thing is how you feel physically and I feel great. Mentally, I can definitely go through another season. I enjoy the competition. I enjoy the focus of it. As for the team, I guess you kind of have to wait and see what happens. The money wont be significant, relatively speaking, nor will the term. So you can decide what will be best for you and your family going forward.
Knuble earned 2 million on a one-year contract last season.
Knuble and his family wife, Megan, and children Cam, Anna and Cole have returned to their home in East Grand Rapids, Mich. Knuble said his family plans on remaining there, regardless of where or if he plays next season.
Ideally, Knuble would like to finish his career where it started, with the Detroit Red Wings, who are currently 13 million under the salary cap. The Red Wings could have an opening at right wing behind Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary.
Detroit would be a neat story since I was drafted there, Knuble said. Ill make no secret about that. That would be a nice way to come back around. You dont have that luxury, but maybe a team has a hole and I can fill fit for a year until a prospect develops.