Lightning Ink Filip Kuba to Three Year Deal

Hours after losing Pavel Kubina to the Toronto Maple Leafs via free agency, Jay Feaster and the Tampa Bay Lightning replace one of the oldest tenured Bolts with Minnesota Wild blueliner Filip Kuba. In a quote reported on, Lightning GM Jay Feaster said, "Filip Kuba is a solid, steady, top-four, All-Star defenseman who has adapted well to the new NHL. We believe that playing within our system will enable him to post even bigger offensive numbers and we are confident our forwards will enjoy playing with someone who is able to get them the puck quickly and help with our transition game. While we were disappointed to lose Pavel Kubina today, we are excited to fill that hole with such a high-caliber player." Reports indicate that Kuba accepted a three year, $9M deal with the Lightning.

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He's an 8th round pick so he must be "garbage". See: "Bachul, George" and "idiot". Seriously though, this is another guy whose numbers are probably deflated because he played on an expansion team for the past half decade. 25 points in Minnesota could easily be 35 in Tampa, which is about what Kubina gave this team every year. He's not as physical as Pavel, but he's a lot more mobile and that's probably more important in our system with the new rules.


I think we are getting better. With the signing of Kuba and the trade for Denis, even with the loss of Modin, we are going to field a better team in the fall. What about Smaby and Egenger? Will they fill out the blueline? Will Kvapil make the team? did little nicky learn something in Russia?? patience paid off.


With Kuba being signed and Sydor being traded, the Lightning will have one of the most mobile d-corps in the league (with the exception of Sarich, of course). I don't know if it would be wise to have 2 rookies (or 1 rookie and _elmore) filling out the final two spots. I would much rather see Feaster bring in a bottom pairing d-man and have the final roster spot ready for one of the rookies or Delmore (my money is on O'Brien or Rogers). I was a tad disappointed when the Caps signed Pothier, but there are other options left.


Come camp, Rogers will have not played hockey in 8 full months. And before the surgery, he was not playing well, despite the impressive lightning camp. Smaby has passed him. O'Brien could/should be the frontrunner among prospects because of his pro experience. If only he could find the confidence he needs.

Kuba for Kubina

In my opinion this is a pretty solid tradeoff. We knew Kubina was long gone, and to get a better-skating, solid defenseman like Kuba for about half the price of Kubina's deal is well worth the sign. Kuba fits into the "new NHL" a helluva lot better than Kubina does, and while he plays a totally different game, I think fans will be happy to see him logging big minutes back there.

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