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We have a trade to announce: Philadelphia acquires Pavel Kubina from Tampa Bay

Feb 18, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT


Put the Rick Nash rumors on hold – and the Luke Schenn ones too while you’re at itPavel Kubina is the latest addition to the Philadelphia Flyers. Tampa Bay, who kept Kubina out of their lineup on Thursday to make sure he would stay healthy, will get a second and a fifth round draft pick in exchange. This also comes just two days after the Flyers acquired fellow defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars for a pair of draft picks.

None of this will replace Chris Pronger, but it does serve to address the team’s defensive problems. Both Grossman and Kubina are big men who aren’t afraid to throw around their bodies and block shots. Even combined they might not be able to match a healthy Pronger in terms of offensive output, but the struggling Ilya Bryzgalov will certainly appreciate their work. We’ll have to wait and see if the Flyers are done shopping. Either way, they look much more like a serious playoff contender now than they did a week ago.

  1. hwentworth - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I always wonder from where Philadelphia gets all these draft picks. With every trade, two or three high draft picks get shipped out. Bobby Clarke excelled at mortgaging the farm. Holmgren is well on his way.

  2. odj810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    they had loads of picks last year from giving up richards versteeg and carter. i think its a pretty solid trade for the flyers.

    • hwentworth - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      Will this guy be around next season? I’d rather have the draft picks. You need some sort of protection for the future, and with the goalie situation you can’t expect this team to believe they’re in win now mode. It’s going to take time. Draft picks help with that.

  3. drewzducks - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Unfortunately this doesn’t address their humongous big hole in net.

    • odj810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Theres not much they can do in that regard except go to church. There stuck with bryz

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    They did acquire picks from selling off those guys & with the depth they have on the farm club & the amount of youth on their team they’re more then able to ship out draft picks. With Giroux, Couturier, JVR, Scheen being so young they don’t have any need for these draft picks. Sone shrewd moves

  5. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Now get a goalie

  6. jagrbomb18 - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Lol a guy from buffalo telling the flyers to get a goalie ….

    Love both trades..No more bourdon,Lilja, and gustsaffson thank God

    • paulsdamnblog - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Can’t agree more about bourdon/lilja/gustaffson, the rookies were in over their heads and come playoff time were going to be in real trouble. As for Lilja, well he’s not good, but he is cheap.

  7. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Poop + Poop = More Poop. Yet another desperation move to distract Philly fans from their goalie crisis, You could add a young Wayne Gretzky to this team and they would still not score enough goals

    • psujay - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      A young Wayne Gretzky averaged over 200 points a season over a 7 season period. I’m pretty sure if the Flyers added 2.5 goals a game to the best offense in the league they’d be scoring “enough” goals.

  8. paulsdamnblog - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    This may help Bryz and Bob out, but with all of the offseason moves Homer made I might take a look at Nabokov if the price were right. He’s put up some good numbers on a really bad team.

  9. oquintero99 - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    I thiink Yzerman could have gotten a bit more for Kubina. Also does anybody know what was the hurry in trading him?

    • odj810 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      considering the kings ransom that kaberle got (1st 2nd and top prospect colbourne) i would say if they held out the offer defanetly would have improved. Though maybe the market won’t be as crazy this year

  10. jagrbomb18 - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    They still have their own draft picks guys…3 of the 4 picks they traded they received in trades during the offseason (Richards,Powe,versteeg)…they flyers won’t be able to be move Bryz…we can dream but it’s not gonna happen. So they traded the extra picks they had to acquire decent players in a position they lack skill in…DEFENSE…

  11. jagrbomb18 - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM


    I’m not sure but I think Kubina makes like 4 mill this year ..assuming the flyers don’t resign him ..that’s 4 million towards a Ryan suter if he’s still unsigned

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