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(Tryout) Red Wings give Mike Knuble a tryout


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By Ansar Khan | akhan1@mlive.com

on January 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM, updated January 12, 2013 at 8:35 PM


9175888-large.jpgMike Knuble scored 24 goals with the Capitals two years ago and, at age 40, believes he still can play.

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Veteran forward Mike Knuble, 40, will be attending Detroit Red Wings training camp on a tryout.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound right wing had six goals and 12 assists in 72 games for the Washington Capitals last season.

He is longshot to earn a spot on a crowded roster that includes 14 healthy forwards, plus Patrick Eaves, who will start the season on injured reserve due to a concussion. The Red Wings also have a few apparently NHL-ready forwards with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

But Knuble believes he still has some hockey left in him.

Knuble has 274 goals and 266 assists in 1,040 NHL games over 16 seasons with Detroit, the New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.

Knuble, a Toronto native who was raised in East Kentwood, began his NHL career with the Red Wings, who drafted him in the fourth round in 1991. He played 62 games (eight goals, six assists) in parts of two seasons with Detroit, before being dealt to the New York Rangers in 1998 for a conditional draft pick.

The Red Wings are scheduled to open camp Sunday at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, pending a memorandum of understanding between the NHL and the NHL Players Association. The sides were working on the deal Saturday night.

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