During the last lockout, forward Mike Knuble followed the path of many players and signed with a team in Europe. He scored 26 goals in 49 games for Linkopings in Sweden, never fully believing the NHL would miss an entire season because of a lockout.
He is not as naive this time around.
"Now everybody is aware that card has been played," Knuble said. "They're ready to play it again."
So it is with a giant dose of reality that Knuble prepares for the next phase of career -- most likely the final phase of his playing career. He is 40 years old and a free agent. He is preparing to play, but every day this lockout drags on is one day closer to the end.
And he's not alone.
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