NHL Rumors: Boston Bruins Must Acquire Mike Knuble for Another Veteran Presence

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IFebruary 18, 2012

WASHINGTON - APRIL 11:  Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals skates down the ice against the Boston Bruins at the Verizon Center on April 11, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins are not playing well right now and could certainly use another veteran player to bring some leadership and energy into the locker room.

A loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night dropped the Bruins to 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Former Bruins center Mike Knuble, now of the Washington Capitals, would be the perfect fit in Boston as the team looks to defend its Stanley Cup championship in the coming months.

Knuble is a tremendous leader and is an excellent voice in the locker room that his teammates respect. He's also going to give you every ounce of energy he has each shift.

Knuble has been a healthy scratch recently for Capitals head coach Dale Hunter, and he seems to be losing his place in the lineup.

“We’re two weeks before the trade deadline,” said Knuble, as per CSNWashington.com. “If a player is not going to be used, or in the near future you’re not in their plans, then that player probably wouldn’t want to be there.

“That’s how we are. You want to go somewhere where you’re going to play and contribute to the team. If you can’t do it in one place, then you’ve got to go.”

With the Bruins' recent injury issues and poor play, Knuble would see some decent ice time if he was brought in by Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli in the next week.

The Bruins need to do something with the team missing Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley because of injuries. Horton has no timetable for return in his current battle with a concussion, and he might not even play again this season. Peverley has a sprained MCL in his right knee and will miss 4-6 weeks.

The Bruins need a top-six forward, which Knuble is not at age 39, but he would be an inexpensive pickup who could inject some life into the team and even play a role on the penalty-killing unit. The price for Knuble would likely be just a mid-level draft pick.

Knuble is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, so if he fails in Boston, then the Bruins would just let him walk in the summer during free agency. It's really a low-risk scenario for the Bruins that could pay some nice dividends in the end.

The Bruins need to make another move in addition to Knuble so they can add a quality top-six forward to help fill the void created by Horton and Peverley's absences.

However, Knuble would be an inexpensive addition prior to the trade deadline and with his recent struggles in Washington, he would be quite motivated to perform well.

Since Knuble's played in Boston before and done well, there's no reason to believe he wouldn't be comfortable coming back.


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Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.