The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second round pick in 2012 0r 2013, a fourth round pick in 2013 and minor league winger Jon Kalinski. The Lightning now has four second round picks in next years draft.
The Czech defenseman scored seven goals and had 34 points in his second tour of duty with the Lightning covering the past two seasons. He somehow managed to have a rating of +3 in that time, despite Tampa Bay’s cellar dwelling defense.
On Thursday, prior to the morning skate, Kubina was held off the ice and was asked for a list of teams he would be willing to be traded to, all but assuring that he had played his last game as a Bolt.
He was part of the Bolts 2004 Stanley Cup winning team and returned as a free agent in 2010-11. He will be an unrestricted free agent and carries a cap hit of $3.85 million.
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