Lightning deal Kubina to Flyers instead of Wings

DETROIT — According to, Tampa Bay has dealt defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second and fourth round draft pick.

A source confirmed to The Macomb Daily Friday night that the Wings have made an offer to the Lightning for Kubina. Details of the offer aren’t known.

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Feb. 27.

The Lightning kept Kubina, 35, out of the lineup of Thursday’s 6-5 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks. General manager Steve Yzerman also said he would keep the defenseman off the ice until a trade could be completed.

Yzerman, a long-time Red Wings captain, asked Kubina for a list of five teams to which he would accept a trade. His contract provides that parameter.

Kubina, who has three goals, eight assists and is averaging just under 20 minutes of ice time in 52 games this season, has seven days to comply to the request or Tampa Bay can trade him anywhere.

The Wings have money to spend, just over $5 million under the salary cap, and were looking to bolster up the blue line or find someone to push Jakub Kindl, whose turnover Friday led to Nashville’s only goal. Kindl was muscled off the puck down low by Jordin Tootoo.

Kubina, who has 110 goals and 272 assists in 953 career games, is in the final year of a $3.5 million deal that he signed prior to last season. It was a deal that returned him to the Lightning, who he helped lead to winning the Stanley Cup in 2004.

Kubina has been suspended by the league on two separate occasions one of which involved the Wings. He was suspended for the first game of the 2006-07 season for a crosscheck on the Wings’ Jiri Hudler.

Last March, Kubina was handed a three-game suspension for an elbow on Chicago’s Dave Bolland.

On Thursday, San Jose got forward Dominic Moore and a seventh-round pick from Tampa Bay for a second-round pick in 2012.

Kubina has also played for Toronto and the Atlanta, which relocated to Winnipeg this season, in his NHL career.


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