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Yzerman on trading Kubina: “We see potential opportunity to improve our club”

Feb 16, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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Shortly after holding Pavel Kubina out of practice to “protect our interest”, Lighting GM Steve Yzerman spoke with the Tampa Tribune about what’s in store for his veteran blueliner.

“We’re making our decisions on a player-by-player and opportunity-by-opportunity basis,” Yzerman said. “We see potential opportunity to improve our club with regards to Pavel.”

Translation: Someone (maybe more than one) has expressed interest in acquiring the 34-year-old defenseman.

Because of this interest, Yzerman has asked Kubina to work within the confines of his modified no-trade clause and provide a list of teams to which he is willing to be traded. Also, not to practice or play anymore.

“In the interim, we’ve decided to protect our interest and keep Pavel off the ice until this situation is resolved,” Yzerman said. “The broader strategy is we want to be a better team in the future. We want to be a Cup contender at some point, and we’re going to have to do some things to become that.”

Kubina becoming a commodity shouldn’t come as a surprise. Many of the defensemen expected to be available at the deadline — Francois Beauchemin, Tim Gleason, Andy Sutton — have re-upped with their respective teams, meaning there are fewer options for plug-and-play blueliners at this stage of the season.

Kubina’s had an average year (3G-8A-11PTS) but is still a big, right-handed shooting defenseman that can play 20 minutes a night and has plenty of playoff experience, winning a Stanley Cup with Tampa in 2004.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Kubina for Zidlicky straight up.

    • bear654 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      I think Yzerman wants to load up on prospects and draft picks

  2. rarelyshaves - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    what do you guys think about kubina on the hawks?

    screw it, theyre not gonna do anything at the deadline

  3. bear654 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I think he ends up going to Philly or Detroit. Both have D needs and plenty of prospects/pieces in return.

    • warpstonebc - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Probably Detroit. I doubt Yzerman will opt to ship him within the East if he has a choice.

      I wonder though, since Vancouver and Chicago both need defensive depth…

  4. glynners - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    It’ll be a sad day when it happens but we’ve took a big step back this season & to get a couple of prospects / picks for Pav while we can is for the best in the long run

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