FLYERS ACQUIRE KUBINA Just two days after acquiring defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers this evening finalized a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, acquiring defenseman Pavel KubinaÂ in-exchangeÂ for a 2012 second round pick and 2013 4th round pick. Kubina a 14 year NHL veteran, has 3 goals – 8 assists for 11 points and a +1 rating on the season.Â Averaging 19:54 of ice time per game, Kubina has 95 hits on the season and 100 blocked shots. The Flyers have targeted size and toughness on the backend and accomplished that goal in the past two days adding the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Grossman and the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Kubina.
THE ICE REPORT Will Ducks be sellers or buyers? A major questionmark heading into the Olympic break is whether Ducks general manager Bob Murray is going to be a buyer or a seller when March 3rd rolls around. According to the Orange County Register, “it is one of the questions that’s floating around in hockey circles as the Ducks sit precariously outside the playoff picture entering tonight’s game against the Kings at Honda Center.” As the County Register notes, “There are contending teams who wonder if Scott Niedermayer, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and others will be available when the NHL trade deadline rolls around.” For Anaheim like many other teams, that answer won’t be known until after this week. At this moment Anaheim is four points out of the playoffs. League sources indicate Niedermayer is willing to accept a trade to Vancouver, Chicago and New Jersey. Those close to NierdermayerRead More »