Monday, May 21, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lightning trades Pavel Kubina to Flyers for picks, prospect

TAMPA — In the end there was no list.

D Pavel Kubina, who with a limited no-trade clause in his contract, could have indicated five teams to which he would have accepted a trade, simply agreed Saturday to be traded to the Flyers.

The Lightning received a conditional second-round draft pick for either 2012 or '13, a 2013 fourth-round pick and minor-league LW Jon Kalinski, who will be assigned to AHL Norfolk.

If the second-round pick is for 2012 (at the discretion of the Panthers, who originally owned the pick), Tampa Bay will have four second-rounders at the June draft, and that would give GM Steve Yzerman plenty of options.

"It gives us more flexibility," Yzerman said. "We have more tradeable assets. It also gives us more flexibility at the draft either to move up or move back. It's really draft-day decisions."

It was the second trade in three days for Yzerman who on Thursday sent C Dominic Moore to the Sharks.

No other moves seem imminent. Yzerman even said he will evaluate how the team plays during the eight days leading to the Feb. 27 trade deadline before deciding his next move.

Not that he all of a sudden will become a buyer because Tampa Bay, with two straight wins, is keeping itself on the fringes of the playoff race. But he might decide to keep his assets and let the season play out.

"Let's put it this way," Yzerman said, "I'm not going to go out and start trading these seconds to get back a defenseman. I'm not going to do that. But if this group continues to win and play, I'll let them keep going.

"But I'm not going turn around and go and trade a pick for an unrestricted free agent to help us get in the playoffs now. That would be going around in circles."

News of the trade broke about four hours before it became official as final paperwork had to come from Kubina. The Flyers threw in Kalinski because it had to shed a contract to get to the 50-contract limit.

Not that Yzerman minded. Kalinski, 24, is a "worker," he said, who can kill penalties. He has played 22 NHL games with the Flyers and this season had nine goals, 12 points in 40 games for AHL Adirondack.

OHLUND SURGERY: D Mattias Ohlund, who has not played this season because of two bum knees, will have surgery on his left knee Thursday in an attempt to save his career.

The surgery will be performed by Anthony Miniaci, a well-known orthopedic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

"It's been so long and it hasn't been getting better and almost getting worse the last little while, so I'm looking forward to getting it done," Ohlund said.

The rehab, Ohlund said, will be measured in months.

Ohlund, 35, who has four years and $11.75 million left on his contract, had surgery over the summer to clean out what the team called loose bodies, but hasn't skated since mid November and lately has been limping more noticeably.

ODDS AND ENDS: Dwayne Roloson's 45 saves in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win were tied for fourth most by a goalie of 40-plus years since 1976-77. … D Marc-Andre Bergeron (back) has missed 15 of the past 16 games.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at [email protected]

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