Saturday, February 18, 2012

On a day of surprises, at the end Flyers land Kubina

by Bob Herpen
Phanatic Hockey Editor

The plot thickens on this eve before Hockey Day in America, as the Philadelphia Flyers made official the acquisition of defenseman Pavel Kubina from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a pair of picks.

Leaving town will be minor-league forward Jon Kalinski along with a conditional second-round draft pick acquired when the club shipped Kris Versteeg to Florida, and a fourth-round selection in 2013.

The deal as originally constituted -- with just the draft picks -- would have sent the Flyers above the mandated contract limit of 50 players, but word from sources throughout the evening was that Kalinski did not leave with Adirondack following its 3-2 loss in Bridgeport, CT. Kalinski will now report to the Bolts' AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kubina is a hulking presence at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds. The 34-year-old Czech posted three goals, 11 points and 59 penalty minutes with a plus-1 rating in 52 games for Tampa. For his career, the former seventh-round pick in the 1996 draft has accumulated 110 goals, 382 points and 1,108 penalty minutes with the Lightning (1997-06, 10-12), Maple Leafs (06-09) and Thrashers (2009-10).

Kalinski, a 24-year-old Alberta native last appeared in the NHL two seasons ago, when he picked up a pair of assists in 10 games. He totaled one goal and five points in 22 contests with Philadelphia. The Minnesota-Mankato product recorded nine goals and 12 points over 40 appearances in the AHL this year.

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