Tag:Pavel Kubina
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:20 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 10:28 pm
 

Stamkos does it again for Lightning

LightningBy: Adam Gretz

The Southeast Division has officially gone from completely unpredictable to absolutely unbelieable, and is suddenly a four team free-for-all as we head into the stretch run of the regular season. The only team that appears to be out of it is the Hurricanes.

With their 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Saturday night, combined with the Panthers 3-1 loss to Nashville, the Tampa Bay Lightning are now just two points out of a playoff spot, and only four points behind Florida for the top spot in the Division and what would be a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference. This is a team that was thought to be finished just two weeks ago, and had traded a number of players prior to the trade deadline, according Pavel Kubina, Steve Downie and Dominic Moore.

The Lightning have now won four in a row and seven of their past nine, and their schedule the rest of the way seems to work in their favor with 10 of their final 17 games at home -- including one stretch with seven in a row -- where they have a 20-9-2 record for the year.

They still have a game in hand on the Jets, the team they're chasing for the No. 8 spot, and they still have four games remaining with Winnipeg and Washington.

Steven Stamkos is doing most of the damage for the Lightning, and he added two more goals on Saturday night, including the game-winning goal in overtime as he continues his incredible goal-scoring pace, giving him 47 on the season.



You know, maybe 60 goals isn't out of the question for him this season.

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Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:25 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 11:10 pm
 

Pavel Kubina traded to Flyers

LightningFlyersBy: Adam Gretz

For the second time in less than a week the Philadelphia Flyers made a move to add to their blue line.

On Saturday evening, just a few hours after their 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh, the Flyers completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning by acquiring defenseman Pavel Kubina. The Lightning will receive a second and fourth round pick, as well as forward John Kalinski.

The deal was reportedly held up because Kubina would have given the Flyers 51 contracts. The NHL limit is 50, which may have led to the inclusion of Kalinski, a forward that had been playing for Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hocke League, scoring nine goals to go with three assists in 40 games.

It's been expected for a few days now that Kubina would be moved, and the Lightning, having now established themselves as sellers, were holding him out of the lineup until a trade could be completed.

In 52 games this season the 34-year-old Kubina has scored three goals to go with eight assists and has logged nearly 20 minutes of ice-time per game. He will be eligible for unrestricted free agency following this season.
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Earlier in the week the Flyers made another move in an effort to solidify their defense, acquiring Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for two draft picks. Philadelphia has apparently been one of the busiest teams in the NHL as we approach the Feb. 27 deadline and have been the team most commonly referenced in Rick Nash trade rumors. Helping to fuel that fire was the word that Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren were speaking to one another in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

Given that the Flyers are currently the highest scoring team in the league and are once again struggling to keep pucks out of their own net, a very common problem in recent years, defense should seemingly be a much higher priority than adding another goal-scoring forward.

For the Lightning, it's also their second deal of the week as they also traded center Dominic Moore to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick.

After their 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, the Lightning have a 26-26-6 record, which has them in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference with 58 points, six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for what would be the eighth playoff spot.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:39 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Lightning trade Dominic Moore to Sharks

LightningSharksBy: Adam Gretz

The Tampa Bay Lightning are not wasting anymore time when it comes to starting their pre-deadline trading.

After it was revealed earlier on Thursday that defenseman Pavel Kubina has been asked to submit a list of teams that he will accept a trade to, the team traded center Dominic Moore, as well as a seventh-round draft pick, to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round draft pick before the two teams faced off in Tampa Bay (Moore won't be playing against his former team).

The Lightning entered play on Thursday night in 13th place in the Eastern Confernence, 10 points out of the No. 8 seed and would need a miracle finish to have even an outside shot of qualifying for the playoffs. This move gives them, as of right now, three second-round selections in 2012.

Moore has four goals and 15 assists this season in 56 games for the Lightning, and will give the Sharks a reliable presence in the faceoff circle (he's winning over 55 percent of his draws this season) and penalty killer. The Sharks now have (as of Thursday's leaderboard) three of the top-15 faceoff percentage leaders in the league with Joe Pavelski (No.1), Joe Thornton (No. 12) and Moore (No. 14).

He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, and will cost the Sharks about $303,000 against the salary cap over the remainder of the season.

Moore, 31, will be playing for his eighth team since the start of the 2006-07 season, having also spent time with the Lightning, Canadiens, Penguins, Sabres, Panthers, Wild and Maple Leafs. This is also the fourth time he's been traded near the trade deadline, usually moved for a second or third round pick. He also spent two years with the New York Rangers during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons.

If nothing else, he's starting develop a collection of team issued luggage that might one day match Mike Sillinger's.

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Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Lightning sitting Kubina while exploring trades

Kubina is being held out while the Bolts decide what to do. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

It took Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman some time, but he finally hopped off the fence and landed on the side of deadline seller. He held out as long as he could while his team heated up, but it didn't get the Lightning very far in the end.

So now is the time he'll start looking at his assets and moving them along to help restock the shelves in Tampa. What that means for now is that veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina is going to be shelved while the Bolts figure out what to do next.

"In the interim, we've decided to protect our interest and keep Pavel off the ice until this situation is resolved," Yzerman told the Tampa Tribune on Thursday.

Like seemingly half the players available in trade talks, Kubina does have a no-trade clause in his contract that expires after this season. In his case it's a limited one, but a hurdle for the Lightning nonetheless.

"We're making our decisions on a player-by-player and opportunity-by-opportunity basis," Yzerman said. "We see potential opportunity to improve our club with regards to Pavel.

"The broader strategy is we want to be a better team in the future. We want to be a Cup contender at some point, and we're going to have to do some things to become that."

At 34, Kubina is at that point where he's losing a step. Or so it would appear. His numbers are down across the board in recent seasons. This year he has three goals thus far with eight assists.

But he is reliable. Not counting his first season, only once has Kubina failed to play 68 games in a season. He still eats up just about 20 minutes of ice time per game, clocking in at 19:55 this season.

With teams always looking for defensemen, you'd figure Yzerman sees a chance to get a decent return here. A team like Chicago, who is known to be on the prowl for defensive help, could be one interested suitor. A veteran rental like Kubina can often pay off for squads, particularly at defense.

The speculation won't end with Kubina, though, that's just the start. It's probably a matter of time before Dominic Moore and maybe even Ryan Malone are mentioned more.

Ahhh, trade season.

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Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Ohlund could miss 4-6 weeks following surgery

By: Adam Gretz

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund opened the season on injured reserve due to a knee injury, and according to multiple reports, is set to have both knees scoped and could miss the next four-to-six weeks.

Ohlund, 35, joined the Lightning prior to the 2009-10 season when he signed a seven-year, $25 million contract.

Two years in and it's looking to be a disappointing investment for Tampa Bay, at least from an offensive perspective, as his production has steadily decreased over the past couple of years. Add in the combination of him turning 35 last month with the fact he needs to have some work done on both of his knees and it isn't exactly encouraging.

In his two years with the Lightning he's yet to score a goal in 139 games, while recording just 18 assists. By comparison, in his final year with Vancouver during the 2008-09 season, the year before he signed with the Lightning, he scored six goals and was credited with 19 assists, and had scored at least nine goals in each of the previous four seasons. One of the biggest differences in his role with the Lightning is that he's been seeing significantly less time on the power play in recent years, but overall there's still been a decline.

Going all the way back to the 2007-08 season and his point-per-game average has followed a steady downward trend: 2007-08 (.040), 2008-09 (.030), 2009-10 (.019), 2010-11 (.007).

Still, even with the decline to his offensive game it is a blow to Tampa Bay's lineup as he is still a very solid contributor defensively for the Lightning and was a valuable player during last year's playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Lightning beat writer Erik Erlendsson insists this won't put the Lightning in the trade market for another defenseman and will instead move forward with the players they already have on the roster, including Victor Hedman, Eric Brewer, Pavel Kubina and Brett Clark.

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 8:27 pm
 

A look at Zach Bogosian's power play usage

BogosianBy: Adam Gretz

On Monday we looked at the possibility of players potentially wanting out of (and avoiding) Winnipeg, and how captain Andrew Ladd would prefer to not have anybody on his team that doesn't want to be there. Of course, there a lot of reasons as to why a player would want to avoid a particular team or situation, including playing time.

Sportsnet's Mike Brophy put together an article this week that examines three teams (Toronto, Los Angeles and Winnipeg) that are playing hardball with their young restricted free agent defenseman (Luke Schenn, Drew Doughty and Zach Bogosian, all of whom were selected at the top of the 2008 NHL draft). Regarding Bogosian, Brophy cites a source in Atlanta (where Bogosian played the first three years of his career) that suggests the 21-year-old puck-moving defenseman struggled offensively in 2010-11 because he was replaced on the power play by Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom. With those two likely to man the top unit going forward, Brophy suggests that lack of power play time (which could also cut into his point production) may impact Bogosian's desire to sign a long-term deal with the Jets.

That is certainly understandable and believable, but there is one problem with it: Bogosian's power play usage didn't really change much in 2010-11. In fact, he saw more power play time per game in 2010-11 than he did in his first two seasons in the NHL.

His production dropped, but his ice-time didn't.

Zach Bogosian Power Play Usage
Year Games Total Power Play Time Power Play Time/Game Power Play Points
2008-09 47 52:30 1:07 5
2009-10 81 134:23 1:39 6
2010-11 71 140:43 1:58 4

Was he playing as part of the top power play unit? Not always, as some of that was time on the Thrashers' second power play unit (his most common power play partner on the blue line was Johnny Oduya, but he also saw plenty of time with both Enstrom and Byfuglien). Still, it's not like he was playing top power play minutes (or putting up huge power play numbers) in 2008 and 2009. Even before the addition of Byfuglien his power play time was third on the team among defenseman in 2009-10, trailing Enstrom and veteran Pavel Kubina.

Bogosian is a gifted player and is still extremely young at a position that can take some time to develop, but his decline in offense in 2010-11 seems to have had more to do with a down year than losing out on power play time to Byfuglien and Enstrom.

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Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Lightning's Gagne, Kubina to miss Game 2

Tampa Bay's Game 1 victory in Washington came with a hefty price.

Winger Simon Gagne and defenseman Pavel Kubina will miss Sunday's Game 2 and are listed as day to day after taking hard hits two days prior. Particularly scary was Gagne's fall as he stayed down a while, leading the stretcher to come out onto the ice. In the end it wasn't needed, but that didn't make the moment less frightening. Kubina was checked into the end boards by Jason Chimera in the second period.

“I remember everything, I remember the hit,” Gagne told The Tampa Tribune  on Sunday. “It looked a lot worse than people think. I felt good yesterday and I feel good today, too. And we’ll go day by day.”

Lightning coach Guy Boucher said at Sunday's morning skate that both could be back soon.

"Right now, my understanding from the doctors is it's day to day," Boucher said (via nhl.com ). "There's a possibility maybe for one of them for Tuesday, maybe for both. It's really day to day."

Kubina will be replaced by Randy Jones, who himself is coming back from injury. Blair Jones will dress in place of Gagne.

Tampa Bay has already achieved what it would have liked, getting at least one game in D.C. before returning home. As much as the Bolts would like to take a 2-0 lead, that first win might have bought them just a little bit of room to play things safe, not rush anybody back. Plus, they already showed they can win without either Gagne or Kubina.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:25 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 8:50 am
 

Morning Skate: Canucks, Sharks don't disappoint




An overtime with only four skaters per side, the shootout and the date were the only elements that ruined the illusion Thursday's Vancouver Canucks-San Jose Sharks tilt wasn't a playoff game. 

The Sharks, who trailed by two goals early, tied the game on three occasions -- the last with 20.3 seconds left as Ryane Clowe's one-timer beat Cory Schneider as his counterpart, Antti Niemi, sat in favor of the extra attacker. (It was actually 6-on-4 since the Sharks were on the power play.) The Canucks won the game, 5-4, as Schneider was perfect in the shootout and Vancouver's Alex Burrows scored the only goal. 

For two teams who could meet in the postseason for the first time, it didn't get much better for the second week of March. 

“It really was (a playoff vibe),” Sharks captain Joe Thornton told reporters after the game. “These are two really good teams. We're on our end still fighting for our playoff lives, so we need to get as many points as we can. The atmosphere was great and it was an exciting game to be a part of.”

The Pacific Division-leading Sharks pulled within a point of Detroit Red Wings, who sit second in the Western Conference. Still, the Sharks are also seven points away from falling to ninth place and out of playoff picture. 

Vancouver, meanwhile, has won four in a row and remains seven points ahead of Philadelphia in the race for the Presidents' Trophy. 

Schneider again showed he's not a bad second option as starter Robert Luongo rested. He made 44 saves, probably none better than when Clowe directed a crossing pass that Schneider somehow got his right pad on early in OT. It was one of his nine saves in the extra frame as the Canucks, who have the second-best best penalty kill in the NHL, snuffed out a Ryan Kesler high-sticking penalty. 

"Tonight you could say they were the better team on the ice," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told The Associated Press. "But at the end of the night, our goaltender kept us in the game and we found a way to win."

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  • THORNTON, SEDIN WEIGH IN: Thornton may have a little ax to grind when it comes to the team he traded him. Henrik Sedin, the usually soft-spoken Vancouver Canucks captain, doesn't wade into controversies often. 

    But before Thursday game, each came to the same conclusion: The NHL got it wrong by not suspending Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for his check that led to the scary injuries to Montreal's Max Pacioretty. Here are Thornton's comments via The Vancouver Sun.

    “It's just something with Boston; it seems like they have a horse shoe,” Thornton said. “There's just something about Boston and the disciplinary (decisions) are on their side. I'm not sure why that is or anything. I'm not assuming that Colin's kid being on the team, that's why.”



    That was Thornton's not-so-subtle jab at league disciplinarian Colin Campbell, whose son, Gregory, plays for the Bruins. It was his second in command, Mike Murphy, who made the call not to fine or suspend Chara as Campbell recused himself. 

    Thornton's comments weren't exactly a hit in Boston. 

    “Win a big game when it counts,” Boston TV analyst Mike Milbury retorted. 

    Sedin, however, backed up Thornton’s sentiments and said the fact that Chara isn't considered a dirty play should not have entered into Murphy's decision like it did. 

    “Exactly,” Sedin said. “What are you doing to do the next time Trevor Gillies comes down and runs a guy into the thing? You can't give him anything. And you tell the guys (Chara) has no history, so the next time he does it he still has no history because he didn't get suspended. I don't see the reasoning behind it. Give him at least something to show that's not acceptable.”


    THURSDAY'S RESULTS
    Buffalo 4, Boston 3 (OT)
    Philadelphia 3, Toronto 2 
    Ottawa  2, Florida 1 
    Nashville 4, Minnesota 0 
    St. Louis 4, Montreal 1
    Phoenix 3, Calgary 0 
    Vancouver 5, San Jose 4 (SO)
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