Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina laments pending exit

TAMPA — Pavel Kubina's pads, pants and helmet still hung from his locker at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday morning. But they likely won't be used again as the Lightning holds the veteran defenseman out in preparation for a potential trade.

Kubina was asked Thursday by Tampa Bay to give a list of five teams that he'd be willing to be dealt (a parameter of his limited no-trade clause), but he hasn't. Agent Peter Svoboda said Kubina will do so before the seven-day window ends and could come to some conclusions today.

Svoboda said the pending split with the Lightning has been difficult for Kubina, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in 1996 and has worn the uniform for parts of 10 seasons over two stints.

"That's where … his first chance to play in the NHL was, and he had really good success there. And they won the Cup and everything else," Svoboda said. "And that's the reason he went back two years ago, so it's not easy."

Kubina's expected departure as well as Thursday's trade of center Dominic Moore to the Sharks for a second-round pick has been tough for their teammates. However, the Lightning's players believe the adversity will bring them closer together.

Whether it brings them closer in the standings remains to be seen as Tampa Bay sits tied for 11th, eight points out of the final playoff spot.

But while general manager Steve Yzerman is keeping one eye toward the future, players remained focused on the present, beginning with tonight's home game against the Capitals.

"Our mission is still the same," captain Vinny Lecavalier said.

"Our goal is to make the playoffs."

Said forward Nate Thompson: "Steve is doing his job, and we have to do ours. It's within this room. We have to believe in each other. This is what we've got. Like Marty (St. Louis) said, we've got to stick together."

Coach Guy Boucher doesn't like losing two contributors but trusts the organization's plan. That still doesn't make it easy on the rest of the team.

"It destroys you, or it really puts your back against the wall," Boucher said.

"Either or, they're very tough to manage. You say, 'Oh, it brings us together.' The reality is it's still tough."

Boucher takes it as a challenge, one his team is up to. He talked about how much character the Lightning displayed in its 6-5 overtime win over the Sharks on Thursday night.

Feeling it has a lot to play for, the Lightning will move on. And so will Kubina, 34.

"I think he's still got a lot of hockey in him because Kuby always took care of himself very well," Svoboda said. "And he's determined."

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report. Joe Smith can be reached at


Lightning vs. Capitals

When/where: 7; Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM

Key stats: The Capitals' 23 road points (10-15-3) are more than only five teams. Two came in Friday's 2-1 win against Florida. … Lightning D Victor Hedman has seven points (a goal and six assists) in his nine games since returning from a concussion. In 32 previous games, he had six points. … Tampa Bay is 1-for-10 on the power play in three games this season against Washington and 12-for-14 on the penalty kill.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina laments pending exit 02/17/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2012 11:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  2. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot


    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.
  3. Rays morning after: Are cold bats a sign of things to come?


    How does an offense that has ranked among the most productive in the league for seven weeks go so cold?

    Steven Souza Jr. extended his weeks-long skid to 8-for-67.
  4. Calvary Christian takes strong lineup, defense to state baseball tournament


    CLEARWATER — No matter what happens in Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Delray Beach American Heritage, Calvary Christian has already had a historic season. The unbeaten Warriors have won 28 games and qualified for the school's first state baseball tournament.

    The addition of Nolan Hudi to the rotation made a difference, said Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen. “It was huge.”
  5. What could have been the game-winning blast turned into a long single for Colby Rasmus.