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Veteran defenseman Kubina signs in Swiss league

Feb 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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Former Flyers, Lighting, Maple Leafs and Thrashers defenseman Pavel Kubina has signed with Swiss league outfit Geneve-Servette, according to the team website.

Kubina, 35, split last season between Tampa Bay and Philadelphia, acquired by the Flyers in exchange for John Kalinski and a second-round pick (the Flyers send a fourth-rounder the Lightning’s way.)

The Czech rearguard appeared in 17 games for the Flyers, notching four assists while averaging over 17 minutes per game. He also appeared in five of Philadelphia’s 11 postseason games.

Kubina told the Servette website he had several contract opportunities from teams in North America, not a surprising admission given the dearth of available defensemen in the NHL right now.

  1. ml3939 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I got very scared when I saw this on my phone and it said Kubina signs with… and the picture was from his brief Flyers tenure. Please use they Tampa Bay stock photo next time. Kubina at this stage made Lilja look like Lidstrom. If I said he was awful during his brief time with the Flyers, I could realistically be accused of paying him a compliment.

  2. csilojohnson - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Wow the Flyers got hosed on that deal for Kubina. Did Homer think his last name was Datsyuk? That on the other hand would be absolute thievery.

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