Yesterday was an unexpected big day for the Caps in free agency, with the signing of ex-Flyer Mike Knuble. Knuble brings exactly what the organization was looking for in a first line winger with size (6’3”, 230) and a nose for the net. He has a penchant for posting up in front of goalies and banging home rebounds, which will be huge playing alongside shot machine Alex Ovechkin and deft passer Nicklas Backstrom. He contributes on the PP and PK and has a killer instinct. It’s big to take a top-six guy like this away from a big rival. As it was brought up on EITM on DC 101 this morning, he’s been part of more than one Caps broken heart, between his 2OT winner in Game 4 of the 2008 Stanley Cup First Round and his membership on the 1998 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Winner (Over the Caps in 4). BUT if you watch his GWG in that fateful Game 4, he shows exactly why we signed him (and for reasonable money and term at that). He wins a tough battle on the boards behind the net, gets in front, takes a shot, doesn’t give up and then bangs in a rebound. That’s just what we missed (and Sidney Crosby accomplished) in the Pittsburgh series back in May. Watching that clip is like getting a shot. You know it hurts, but you know how you're benefiting from the contents in the end.
Secondly, Brash gets signed by the Rags to come and protect the brittle Marian Gaborik. There’s no way the Caps could afford Brash at $1.4M, but fans will miss his presence in the community and the team will miss him in the locker room.
Lastly, Tony Romo gets some brownie points (via the Bog) for showing some class in not trashing Skins fans yesterday. In a related story, there should have been another “You’re From Fair-fax” chant for the fans that showed up to Congressional in #9 Jerseys yesterday. C’mon Redskins fans!
Look at for an upcoming post from me on FBS…I’ll let you all know as soon as it’s up.