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Tampa Bay Lightning trades defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Flyers

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February

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to stockpile draft choices on Saturday by trading defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Flyers for 2012 second-round pick and either a fourth or a fifth, depending on the report as Canada's Sportsnet and ESPN.com have differing information. We're waiting for clarification from the team, which has yet to confirm the trade. If it is a fourth-round pick, the transaction gives the Lightning four second-round picks and GM Steve Yzerman plenty of options for trades.

Kubina, 34, has not skated since Tuesday's game with the Senators as Tampa Bay did not want to chance an injury while trying to work out a trade. It is not known whether Kubina actually submitted a list of five teams to which he would accept a trade (a parameter of his limited no-trade clause) or just agreed to be sent to Philadelphia.

Kubina has been a fine player for the Lightning this season with three goals and 11 points and plus-1 in 52 games. He averaged 19:54 of ice time, but much more than that during a stretch in which Tampa Bay's blue line was thinned by injuries. 

Of other teams that were interested in Kubina, it is believed the Red Wings had made a pitch.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 7:23pm]

    

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