Former Tampa Bay Lightning D Pavel Kubina says it took "a few weeks" to get over trade to the Flyers
Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina said it is going to be weird tonight going up against his old team when Tampa Bay visits the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Kubina said it took him "a few weeks" to get over the trade to Philadelphia, but he also understands trades are part of the business.
"Trades happen all the time and to better players than me," Kubina said. "I do understand. They got a lot back for me in Tampa. It's part of the business. It's a hard business, but it's part of that."
Kubina, 34, was traded Feb 18 for a conditional second-round pick in 2012 or 2013, a 2013 fourth-round pick and prospect center Jon Kalinski. In 10 games with the Flyers (he also missed seven with an upper-body injury) he has two assists and is plus-1 with nine penalty minutes while averaging 18:10 of ice time. Kubina also gets a chance to be in the playoffs, something that would not have happened with Tampa Bay.
"You never know when you're going to get a chance to be in the playoffs again," he said, "so this is a great opportunity for me to play for a great organization and a great team. It's a great mix of some young guys and veteran guys."
Kubina has faced the Lightning before as he has had stints with the Thrashers and Maple Leafs. But the big Czech has emotional ties to Tampa Bay as the team drafted him 179th overall in 1996, and, of course, he won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2004. In all, he has spent 10 seasons with the organization.
"It's always a weird feeling because you're going against guys you've known for a long time," Kubina said. "You've got to control your emotions and keep it simple. You don't want to do to much to try and prove something."
Other stuff from the morning skate: Dwayne Roloson gets the start in net for the Lightning. Roloson has won two straight games while stopping 68 of 73 shots. "I want to give him the net because there were a lot of moments I wanted to give him the net and it was tougher than we expected," coach Guy Boucher said. "So, now, if we can give him those games back, I'm happy for him." ... Sebastien Caron gets his first Lightning start in net Tuesday at Boston in the second of back-to-back games. ... Sounds as if right wing Adam Hall, who will miss his fourth straight game tonight, likely will not play again this season because of what is believed a back injury. ... Forwards Vinny Lecavalier (hand) and Nate Thompson (upper body) skated with the team this morning, though with red no-contact jerseys, and are expected to play on the three-game road trip. It will not, however, be tonight against the Flyers. Lecavalier said the hand is the best it has felt since it was injured Feb. 18. Thompson, too, said he is progressing well. ... Still plenty of talk about Steven Stamkos reaching the 50-goal mark for the second time in three years. Even Stamkos said "it's something that still hasn't sunk in" and "something I'll remember forever." Next up is setting a new Lightning record for goals. He is currently tied with Lecavalier's mark of 52 set in 2006-07. "It would be the icing on the cake," Stamkos said. "But it's not something I've been thinking about. Vinny has had a great career and has had that record for a while. It gets brought up but it's not something I've been focusing on." As for Lecavalier, he said he expects Stamkos to shatter his record "many more times" and added, "I'm happy for him. He's a great guy. It couldn't happen to a better person." ... Lots of pride from coach Guy Boucher and Marty Raymond after McGill University ended a 135-year drought Sunday to win its first Canadian national championship, 4-3 in overtime over Western University in the Cavendish Cup final. Raymond spent 22 years at McGill, five as a player and 17 as an assistant or head coach. His last season was 2008-09 and he said he recruited 13 of the players on this year's title squad. Boucher played for McGill from 1991-95. "It was very exciting," Raymond said. "Guy and I were watching the game from my (Philadelphia hotel) room on line. We woke up the neighbors next door after the overtime goal." Added Boucher: "It's a good day for Marty. It's a good day for McGill."