We all knew that Pavel Kubina was leaving Tampa Bay – we just didn’t know where he’d end up. The defenseman was asked to submit a list of teams he was willing to be traded to by Saturday morning and by Saturday evening a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers had been reached.
It was no surprise, really, that the Flyers were the team to acquire the veteran defenseman. They have not been quiet about their weaknesses at the blue-line; ever since they found out that captain Chris Pronger would be out for the entirety of the season (and post-season). Rumours had been swinging around the Flyers, including a potential deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs that could have seen James van Riemsdyk heading to Toronto for blue-liner Luke Schenn, brother of Flyers forward Brayden. The acquisition of Kubina will most likely put the Luke Schenn rumours to rest.
Forward John Kalinski and a pair of draft picks were sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning squad to round out the Kubina deal. The defenseman has 110 goals, 272 assists in 953 career games as well as a Stanley Cup ring.
On another note, the Philadelphia Flyers were one of the many teams showing interest in Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash. However, it was reported that the Blue Jackets returned a counter offer to Philly which the Flyers didn’t seem to like – therefore causing them to withdraw from negotiations, at least for the time being.
Apparently, the Philiadelphia Flyers didn’t want to part with their young up-and-comers such as Sean Couturier, Sergei Bobrovsky, and the aforementioned James Van Riemsdyk and Brayden Schenn. The Flyers would also have some trouble making the salary-cap space needed for Nash. The potential to get Nash is still there, and it seems tempting for the team as they’ve been slumping so far this month. But, personally – as a fan of keeping young players and building upon them – giving up a combination of these Flyers’ youngsters seems foolish.
We’ll just have to wait and see. It’s the in-season version of the Brad Richards mayhem.