A friend of mine is a solid Eric Fehr fan and has repeatedly said to me that he thinks Fehr can eventually play the role that Mike Knuble does now: big body who crashes the net with a decent amount of stick skill. Considering that Knuble is 38 and an UFA after this season, what does the community think about whether or not F16 can step into the role of the veteran right-handed right wing on the top line? I intend no disrespect to #22 as I think he has brought a lot of stability and presence to the team, but given his age, his performance this year so far, and projecting forward, I can't imagine he is going to be kept next year unless it is at a staggeringly reduced price.
Basic vital stats (from NHL.com) for the two of them:
Knuble, 38, 6'3", 223 lbs.
Fehr, 25, 6'4", 212 lbs.
Also for reference, a slightly out-of-date salary chart (Semin's extension is not reflected): http://www.thehockeygm.com/was.html
So, does Fehr make Knuble expendible? Alternatively, if not Fehr, then who should the Caps look towards to replace Knuble on the top line, either next season or after?