Saturday, February 18, 2012

Kubina Accepts Deal to Philadelphia

2011/2012 Stats2012July 1st Details
To PhiladelphiaPosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Pavel KubinaD34523811$3.85m0UFA
To Tampa BayPosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Jon KalinskiF240000$605k0RFA
2nd Round Draft Pick
4th Round Draft Pick

When news broke that Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman asked defenseman Pavel Kubina to supply him with a list of five teams he would approve a trade to, the list wasn't delivered for a couple of days, but when it was finally given, it didn't take very long to get a deal done.

In the end, it was the Philadelphia Flyers that won the Kubina Sweepstakes, sending a 2nd round and a 4th round draft pick the other way, helping to boost their blueline, only a couple of days after acquiring Niklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars.

In Kubina, the Flyers get a little bit more veteran experience on the blueline, with some good puck-moving qualities and some goal scoring ability.  Kubina has not been as offensive in recent years, not coming close to double-digits in goals in the year, but his overall responsibility is what the Flyers are desperate for most, especially after dropping a 6-4 decision to the Penguins on Saturday afternoon.

ImplicationsKubina is only notable on the selection sheet this year, as he sits in Box 29 on the sheet and is in the middle of box scoring in that box. Moving to Philadelphia may have a positive impact on Kubina's game, but I don't think he's the guy that you would want to have on your side to help win some money this year.  I'm not too sure Kubina is going to be the guy that helps the Flyers go over the top in the playoffs, but it's a start.

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