NHL Trade Rumors: Chicago Blackhawks and More Teams Who Need Pavel Kubina
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman will look to trade Kubina to better the team for the future, and he talked about the deal via USA Today:
"We see a potential opportunity to improve our club," he said. "In regards to Pavel, and as far as any other players or any other opportunity, there's the broader strategy of wanting to be a better team in the future, so we'll look at any opportunity to become that."
Which team needs Kubina more?
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, at least two offers have already been made to Yzerman for Kubina, and they are from the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers.
The return for Kubina could be massive because defensemen are so coveted during this time of the year, and there aren't many of these guys available right now.
Nicklas Grossman and Hal Gill, two of the better defenseman available, have already been traded, and the prices to acquire them were pretty high (good draft picks and/or prospects).
Let's look at three teams who should make an offer for Kubina before the deadline.
The Chicago Blackhawks ended a nine-game losing streak on Thursday with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers, and certainly need to upgrade on defense if they want to make another deep playoff run.
Their goaltending has not been good since the All-Star break in late January, but some of their defensemen have also been sub par.
Chicago has a brutal schedule to finish the season, including a combined 11 games against top teams such as the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings.
Pavel Kubina would be a tremendous addition to the top two defensive pairings in Chicago.
Even though the Flyers acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars on Thursday, they could still use another blueliner for a deep run in the playoffs.
Philly needs another defenseman because injuries have destroyed their depth at that position, and Grossman himself has had injury issues before.
The Flyers have the assets to acquire Kubina, but the price to acquire him may be higher than what general manager Paul Holmgren is willing to pay.
The Boston Bruins need a top six forward since Nathan Horton is battling a concussion and may not return at all this season, and winger Rich Peverley is out four to six weeks with an MCL sprain.
However, the Bruins defense has not played well over the last few weeks, and as a result, the team has lost a number of games to inferior opponents.
Boston has young defenseman like Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski to offer the Lightning in exchange for Kubina, while veteran d-man Joe Corvo, and his expiring contract is also something the Bruins could offer.
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Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.
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