NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Pavel Kubina

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NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Pavel Kubina
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Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has given the nod that he is shopping 34 year old defensemen Pavel Kubina. With the Lightning now 10 points out of the eight playoff spot in the East, the team isn't looking anything like the playoff contender they were last year. This makes Kubina an excellent trade candidate, with or without a statement from Yzerman.

With Kubina being a healthy scratch and Yzerman now fielding offers, the question now becomes: Who would be a good fit for Kubina?

He's a big body at 6'4', 258 pounds and has some offensive upside to compliment his size. Though that offense hasn't showed up as much this year (only 3 goals and 11 points in 52 games), he's been a reliable 30-40 point defenseman in years past.

Kubina could really benefit a team who is looking to add size and veteran leadership to their blue line. That team will likely be a contender, and though Yzerman has said that he wants a player for player trade that will better the team, it's hard to imagine Kubina garnering anymore then a draft pick or two considering his poor performance this season.

Regardless of what they are willing to give up, teams will be interested in the veteran defender. Here are five possible destinations for Kubina.


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