BREAKING: Flyers acquire Kubina from Bolts
The Flyers were destined to make a move before the deadline to bolster their defense.
After getting a defensive defenseman on Thursday, the Flyers acquired Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The deal is pending approval from the league.
According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the Flyers gave up two draft picks, a 2nd rounder they got in the Kris Versteeg trade this past off season and a 2013 4th rounder to land the 34-year-old defenseman.
The Flyers then added Adirondack Phantom forward Jon Kalinski as a part of their package late Saturday to keep the Flyers at the 50-contract limit.
On Thursday, the Flyers got Nick Grossman from the Dallas Stars to help out with the penalty kill. But the area in need of the most work, the power play and puck movement, was finally answered when they acquired Kubina.
In 52 games this year, Kubina has three goals and eight assists and a plus-1 from the blue line.
Kubina is a top-four defenseman and will help the team in their defensive depth. But most importantly, Kubina is a right-handed shot and will help the Flyers tremendously on the power play, which is fifth in the league with a 20% success-rate.
Kubina has a cap hit of $3.85. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
FLYERS, JACKETS IN TALKS -- The Flyers may not be done before the deadline. Even though they got two competent defensemen, they could still add some fire power to their offensive arsenal, which is top five in the NHL.
The Blue Jackets had two scouts in Philadelphia for their 6-4 loss to the Penguins on Saturday and apparently the two teams are close to a deal that could send star forward Rick Nash to the City of Brothery Love, sources tell CSN's Tim Panaccio.
"As for the asking price for a player of Nash’s caliber? Probably Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn,” Panaccio wrote. “But … it may be something else. It may be James van Riemsdyk, another player, plus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Or a high draft pick besides a player. The Flyers don't want to move Couturier or Schenn, but if I'm [Columbus GM Scott] Howson, I want both those players."
Take it for what is is but it's highly doubtful Holmgren is done making moves just yet before the deadline. At least, that is, he has to make another for the Kubina trade to happen.
UPDATE: The Flyers could back out of contention for Nash as Columbus' price for the 27-year-old is too high (JvR, Bobrovsky and Couturier/Schenn).