Philadelphia Flyers: 5 Reasons They Were Crazy to Deal for Pavel Kubina

March 5th, 2012 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, with results that were underwhelming in the wake of all the hype. The Philadelphia Flyers particularly were expected to make a big move, either taking a pass at Rick Nash, finding some temporary relief in goal or acquiring a replacement for fallen defenseman Chris Pronger.

Instead, Philly’s biggest move leading up to the deadline was the acquisition of Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina in exchange for Jon Kalinski, a conditional second-round draft pick and a 2013 fourth-round draft pick.

In some ways, the addition of Kubina has made the Flyers an improved team. He brings a right-handed shot from the point and some extra long-range firepower on the power play. He helped the team get bigger in its own zone and can be physical.

However, the trade was not a deal the Flyers needed to make, and even though they gave up little for Kubina’s services, the franchise may find themselves regretting the move long-term.

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