Saturday, December 27, 2014

Flyers Look To Bolster D With Kubina

Give the Flyers credit. They aren’t giving up on the season, regardless how inconsistent the goaltending is.

Flyers Look To Bolster D With Kubina

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Give the Flyers credit. They aren’t giving up on the season, regardless how inconsistent the goaltending is.

It's now official.

The Flyers have acquired Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina, for left wing Jon Kalinski, a conditional second-round pick previously acquired from the Florida Panthers and a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Kubina is in the final year of a two-year $7.7 million contract that has a cap hit of $3.85 million this year according to Capgeek.com. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

The Flyers have a little more than $900,000 in salary cap space after sending Marc-Andre Bourdon down to the Phantoms. Bourdon struggled in Saturday's loss to the Penguins, with five turnovers and a minus-1 rating. His cap hit is $850,000.

The 24-year-old Kalinski had nine goals and three assists for the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. He als appeared in 22 gamesf ro the Flyers from 2008-10 recording a goal and four assists.

On Thursday, the Flyers traded for defenseman Nicklas Grossman from Dallas for a 2012 second round pick acquired from Los Angeles for Mike Richards and a 2013 third rounder that the Flyers received from Minnesota for Darroll Powe.

Grossman played his first game for the Flyers in Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, logging 18 minutes and 26 seconds and finishing a plus 1 and a team-high eight hits.

Kubina, who turns 35 in April, is a one-time all-star who was a key member of Tampa Bay’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team.

He has served two stints with Tampa Bay. This season in 52 games, Kubina had three goals and eight assists and a plus one rating.

So the Flyers have strengthened their defense in the last few days. No if only the goaltending can become more consistent.

 

 

Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
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