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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Flyers Trade for Veteran Defenseman Kubina

Help is on the way. On Saturday evening, after their 6-4 loss to the Penguins (see story), the Flyers traded for defenseman Pavel Kubina from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a second-round and a fourth-round draft pick. 

It is believed that Detroit offered a second- and a fifth-round pick and the Flyers offered a fourth-rounder to get the deal done. 

Kubina is a puck moving defenseman who fits the genre the Flyers have moved to in recent years, with Europeans who can get out of their own end quickly while using their skating ability to avoid trouble.

Because he is now the 51st contract, the Flyers will have to make a move to lose a player in their system. The deal is pending league approval. 

Kubina, 34, has 100 blocked shots this season, which will rank him third on the Flyers, tied with fellow newcomer Nicklas Grossman, behind Matt Carle and Kimmo Timonen. Kubina has 110 goals and 272 assists in 953 career games. Kubina gives the Flyers a much-needed right-handed shot on defense. It also likely means rookie Marc-Andre Bourdon goes back to the Phantoms. What Kubina can't do is play goal and right now that is a serious concern.

Kubina, like Grossman, will add size to the Flyers' defensemen. Kubina is listed at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. 

The Flyers will be his fourth team in his 14-year NHL career, which is highlighted by his Stanley Cup win with the Lightning in 2004 under John Tortorella. 

The trade was first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger. 

The trade for Kubina comes after the Flyers acquired 27-year-old defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Grossman played his first game on Saturday in a 6-4 loss to the Penguins. 

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