Flyers Sign Stevenson, Knuble

The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Saturday that they have signed 6’3”, 230-pound right wing Mike Knuble (kuh-NOO-buhl) and 6’3”, 220-pound right wing Turner Stevenson each to a three-year contract, according to General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Knuble and Stevenson each became Group III unrestricted free agents on July 1.

“Both are huge players, skate well and play physical,” said Clarke in making the announcement. “Knuble is the better scorer of the two and Stevenson is the more physical. They bring real good size to our forward crew.”

Knuble, 31, recorded 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points and 32 penalty minutes in 82 regular season games for the Boston Bruins this past season. He was first on the Bruins in plus/minus at +19 and was third on the team in goals with 21. In parts of eight NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Boston (1996-97 through 2003-04), Knuble has registered 101 goals and 107 assists for 208 points and 224 penalty minutes in 510 regular season games. He was a member of Detroit’s Stanley Cup Championship team in 1998 after being selected by the Red Wings in the fourth round (76th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Stevenson, 32, registered 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points and 76 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games for the New Jersey Devils this past season. He was scoreless against the Flyers in the five games of their 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series. His 14 goals this past season were a new career high for goals in a season. In 613 career NHL regular season games over parts of 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey (1992-93 through 2003-04), Stevenson has posted 186 points (74G,112A) and 924 penalty minutes. In four seasons with the Devils (2000-01 through 2003-04), the native of Prince George, British Columbia recorded 29 goals and 46 assists for 75 points and 313 penalty minutes in 228 games. He was a member of the Devils’ 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team. He was originally drafted by the Canadiens in the first round (12th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Both were reached by phone and commented on joining the Flyers through a team spokesman.