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Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:25 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 11:10 pm
LightningFlyersBy: Adam Gretz

For the second time in less than a week the Philadelphia Flyers made a move to add to their blue line.

On Saturday evening, just a few hours after their 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh, the Flyers completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning by acquiring defenseman Pavel Kubina. The Lightning will receive a second and fourth round pick, as well as forward John Kalinski.

The deal was reportedly held up because Kubina would have given the Flyers 51 contracts. The NHL limit is 50, which may have led to the inclusion of Kalinski, a forward that had been playing for Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hocke League, scoring nine goals to go with three assists in 40 games.

It's been expected for a few days now that Kubina would be moved, and the Lightning, having now established themselves as sellers, were holding him out of the lineup until a trade could be completed.

In 52 games this season the 34-year-old Kubina has scored three goals to go with eight assists and has logged nearly 20 minutes of ice-time per game. He will be eligible for unrestricted free agency following this season.
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Earlier in the week the Flyers made another move in an effort to solidify their defense, acquiring Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for two draft picks. Philadelphia has apparently been one of the busiest teams in the NHL as we approach the Feb. 27 deadline and have been the team most commonly referenced in Rick Nash trade rumors. Helping to fuel that fire was the word that Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren were speaking to one another in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

Given that the Flyers are currently the highest scoring team in the league and are once again struggling to keep pucks out of their own net, a very common problem in recent years, defense should seemingly be a much higher priority than adding another goal-scoring forward.

For the Lightning, it's also their second deal of the week as they also traded center Dominic Moore to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick.

After their 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, the Lightning have a 26-26-6 record, which has them in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference with 58 points, six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for what would be the eighth playoff spot.

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Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:43 pm

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

If Flyers fans hate Sergei Bobrovsky and Ilya Bryzgalov so much, send them to Ottawa. I'd LOVE to see Craig Anderson gone and some strong netminders at the helm for the long term behind a decent defense. Those guys take too much slack for the Flyers performance. They're still my fave to make the conference finals against the Rangers.

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:03 pm

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

What a great pick up for the Flyers - lol.  Kubina has been great in limiting Malkin to 5 points a game versus the Lightning lately.  Ovie must be broken up that he doesn't get to pad his stats playing against Kubina everyother game now.  Old, overated Czech denfenseman traded to Flyers - is Jagr playing GM also?

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:57 pm

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

At the days end the Cup will end  up in the West Like it or not! Philly is 1 of the best teams Hands down, And now witha  Stronger D they might be the Team to come out of the East! I think its the The Sharks year, I think the Sharks will add a Big name by the deadline.
The D Moore trade was a queit 1 but he is a hell of a player and will help out bigtime! Now The Rangers and the Caps HAVE to make some moves More the Caps they have a Bad offense!

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:44 pm

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

@dawgmeat, how can they both be knocked out in the first round when more than likely thay will play eachother?

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:27 pm

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

the defense is a problem as well as the goaltending. timmonen is slow and that shorthanded goal was on him! carle and coburn are the giveaway kings! this team needs alot more than kubina or rick nash! every damn year and goaltending is the reason why they aren't projected to go past the first round. look at ny. are they really that great on paper ? no. however they have the best goalie in the league and that makes them the frontrunners in the east! he alone is why the flyers are winless against them this year!

get a freaking goalie and unload these russian bums!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:15 am

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

The problem is their goaltending, not the offense or defense.  You have to have solid goaltending to go anywhere in the playoffs. You cannot hide bad goaltending, except with a brickwall.  Last time I checked you still couldn't do that.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:54 am

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

First you dont watch hockey, now an alter ego that knows everything about hockey..What, Flyers fan but not home team BJ's? LOL!

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:18 am

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

Keep betting DawgMeat.  Since when are the Pens struggling?  They've been on a tear after losing 6 straight unlike the Flyers that have actually been struggling.  I'll give you one thing, that was a pretty ugly game yesterday.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:57 am

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

The Rangers are relevant??? When did this happen...? Hahaha just playing, but to be relevant you have to do something relevant in the playoffs otherwise being Number one means ZERO...just ask the Capitals how that has worked out.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:35 am

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

As a Ranger fan reading the article, I can say thank you to the flyers for not winning a cup while we were irrelevant.

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