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Paul Holmgren compares Pavel Kubina to Eric Desjardins

Feb 20, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

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Pavel Kubina hasn’t suited up for the Philadelphia Flyers yet, but he’s already being compared to a famous former Flyers defenseman with a legacy for helping a power play.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren tells’s Tim Panaccio that acquiring Kubina gives them a right-handed shooting defenseman with a penchant for scoring goals the likes of which they haven’t had since Eric Desjardins.

“[Kubina] is something we don’t have. He’s a right-handed shot. He’s a big body who can help out on our power play and penalty killing. He’s an all-situational defenseman. An experienced guy who has won a Stanley Cup.

“Over the last three days here, we’ve added a couple bigger bodies who can help us in our own end in different areas of the game.”

Kubina has 55 career power play goals and he’s a big body that joins Nicklas Grossman as the new guys on the block in Philly. Adding 500 pounds of defense to a unit that’s been sorely hurting since Chris Pronger‘s season ended is a good way to try and shore things up for Ilya Bryzgalov in goal.

With Grossman providing the defense and Kubina giving the Flyers a little extra offense, perhaps things can get turned around all over the ice.

  1. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    wow how terrible was kubina and grossman on Saturday when the pens whooped all over filthi. and that awesome hit engelland put on that little girl claudey. hahah filthi sucks

    • phattyphils - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      We didn’t even have Kubina when we played the Pens, moron.

  2. uncledick - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Well I hope he wears a yellow visor then! Bring it back baby!

  3. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Holmgren is great. This guy is delirious, u can put anyone in front of those goalies, it won’t make a difference. Keep trading away the future for scrubs. I bet u wish u still had Richards n Carter right now. Who needs talent when u have over the hill defenseman.

    • spiffy53 - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      your argument makes zero sense. richards and carter are not defensemen. so to your logic, what difference would it make anyway? second, richards and carter are not exactly lighting the lamp. the players received in trade are much more valuable at this point.

  4. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    yes he did he sucked and got pulled off the ice early. typical filthi fan not paying attention to their over 40 team

    • phattyphils - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Wow, really? They announced the trade AFTER the game on Saturday and the league hadn’t even approved the trade.

    • The Baseball Gods - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      mrskunitzdrippinlips, you could be the dumbest person to ever post on this website……I’ve seen a lot of dumb things posted on here, but the fact that you went back to the well after being called out makes you that much more dumb.

  5. sportsfreak13 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Coming from a pens fan here, I think everyone should ignore the idiot posting above. Every fanbase has their idiots and he’s ours,just like brdstphilly is the flyers.Kubina didnt even play Saturday but you were probably still in daycare..Go pens

  6. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    How dare you stand up for Philly scum, u turn your back on the soup can army? Quit posing as a pens fan and go back to pleasuring yourself to ur Hartnell fathead

  7. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I guess sportsfreak finally took his hand off his dick and came out of his mothers basement finally. pens nation doesn’t need a teenage retard fan like u. we need men that have passion for the game that would blow soup can sid at a drop of a dime. I apologize pens nation for this doosh but I guess we all have them.

    • spiffy53 - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      holy thumbs down batman! it looks like your out of your league on here. i suggest you comprehend what you write about junior becuase not only are you embarrassing yourself, your embarrassing the rest of us.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      I like where this is going. Continue…

  8. sportsfreak13 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I guess u needed a imaginary friend on here too so u made 2 screen names. Grow up please u make all pens fans look bad.

    • miketoasty - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Oh trust me he has more than 2 screen names. Die hard pens fan here, but this guy is making Philly look better and better.

    • whlskey - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      I also find it highly ironic that almost all of his posts on here have roughly 1-4 thumps up and anywhere from 24-97 thumbs down, when he’s got how many names on here again… Roughly 4 you say?

      • phattyphils - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        All 4 thumbs up he gave himself…

  9. sportsfreak13 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Well said mike. Here’s to hoping prohockeytalk does the right thing. Ban him!

  10. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    baseball isnt even considered a sport for one so change your gay name. two, “the franchise” and its fans don’t care what anyone says about us. we win championships. and three, sportsfreak you are a disgrace to the human race. your a filthadelphia fan so ur basically a peice of smegma in a foreskin fold. oh and baseball sucks don’t post on procrosbytalk.

    • The Baseball Gods - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      The average MLB franchise is worth $523 Million. The average NHL franchise is worth $240 Million. So I’m pretty sure baseball is a more popular sport than hockey… a landslide (and since you probably can’t do math, that means an MLB franchise is worth more than twice an NHL franchise.)

  11. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    How dare you fair-weather fans call for this legend to be banned? MrsK has passion and passion is what this country was built on, so if u don’t like mrskunitzlipps then you don’t like America!!!

    • phattyphils - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Passion is not calling other fans “smegma in a foreskin fold”. That’s just being a douchebag.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Tim Thomas, is that you?

  12. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    hey don’t get mad at me cus kubina sucked. I’m just stating the facts. you guys thought you got a decent offensive defensemen meanwhile hes a puss and can’t finish a game. typical filthidelphia

  13. dja1287 - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    kubina’s name not on the stat sheet, grossman had a +1 rating, you’re an idiot

  14. SDR - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I have never seen someone so freaking dumb as kunitzwhateveryourdumbassnameis….

    Seriously?? CAN YOU EVEN READ???? Then again, being a Penguins fan, reading a box score is probably not something you’re particularly adept at. Wait a sec…do you even know what adept means?? Chances are you don’t. Well let’s just spell this out for you…KUBINA HAS NOT PLAYED A SINGLE GAME FOR THE FLYERS YOU IDIOT. They only announced his jersey # earlier this morning.

    Then again, why should we all bother with ignorant, illiterate, shortsighted “fans” who probaly haven’t read a book since High School (if even then). He/She/IT probably thinks Crosby deserves MVP votes just for being Crosby.

    Oh and b/c you’re clearly incapable of reading box scores, you should know the Pens got OBLITERATED by the Sabres last night 6-2 and remain behind the Rangers, the Devils, AND the Flyers in the standings.

  15. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Good point, soupcan Sid does deserve a mention in this years MVP race, but I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure Malkin is gonna take it this year

  16. sportsfreak13 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Easy there SDR, don’t lump all pens fans in with this idiot. Plus your team lost to us the night before. Enjoy that Swiss cheese goalie for the next 8 years. He couldnt stop a puck if it was the size of the “universe”

  17. danphipps01 - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    For the love of hockey, ban him. Him, singular, since all… hang on. Crosby, Malkin, Neal (spelt incorrectly, no less), Staal, Orpik (haven’t seen that one in a while, though), Letang, Kunitz, Park… eight of him? Is that right? Or does he have a Fleury account too?

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