With the news Thursday that Scott Hartnell is expected to be out of the lineup for up to two months, the Flyers didn’t wait long to look to find a replacement.
And it’s a familiar face as well.
General manager Paul Holmgren confirmed that pending a physical Friday the Flyers will sign unrestricted free agent Mike Knuble to a one-year contract.
“Obviously we’re familiar with Mike,” Holmgren said. “He’s a good guy, big, heavy player and we think he’s a good guy to throw in the mix right now… with the injuries we have.”
Knuble, 40, spent four seasons with the Flyers from 2005 through 2009 when he scored 144 goals with the team before signing a free agent deal with the Washington Capitals.
After three years in D.C. Knuble was out of the NHL this season but signed a professional tryout contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL after a tryout with the Detroit RedWings.
If Knuble passes his physical, he would be able to suit up for the Flyers as soon as Saturday in Florida.
Knuble played one game with Grand Rapids and registered one assist.