Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed Pavel Kubina to join the Philadelphia Flyers while Jon Kalinski has moved in the opposite direction – an interesting development for those looking to bet on hockey.
Lightning also allowed Dominic Moore to join the San Jose Sharks earlier in the week, but General Manager Steve Yzerman is pleased with the departures, saying: “We have more tradeable assets. It also gives us more flexibility at the draft either to move up or move back. It’s really draft-day decisions.”
Tampa Bay, who are on the fringes of the playoff race, could add some depth to their squad before the trade deadline on 27th February.
Yzerman added: “I’m not going to go out and start trading these seconds to get back a defenseman. I’m not going to do that. But if this group continues to win and play, I’ll let them keep going.”
Kalinski, 24, has played 22 NHL games with the Flyers while Kubina first joined Tampa Bay in 1996.
The 34-year-old went on to play for Toronto Maple Leafs and Atlanta Thrashers before returning to the Lightning in 2010. The Czech Republic international played a key role in Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup success in 2004.
Meanwhile, Mattias Ohlund, who has not played this season, will have surgery on his left knee in an attempt to save his career.
The 35-year-old, who still has four years and $11.75million left on his contract, had surgery last summer but has been unable to skate since mid November; those watching live hockey online are waiting for his return.
The Swede, who has been with Tampa Bay since 2009, previously starred for Vancouver Canucks where he spent 11 years.