Pavel Kubina Signs In Tampa Bay
It will be Kubina's second stint with the Lightning, the team that originally drafted him in the seventh-round of the 1996 draft, as he spent the first eight years of his career in Tampa Bay -- and winning a Stanley Cup -- before signing as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 2006 season. He spent last season in Atlanta, scoring six goals to go along with his 32 assists.
Very solid deal for Tampa Bay as he'll join a defense that will be led by him, Mattias Ohlund and last year's No. 2 overall pick, Victor Hedman. Along with his massive 6-foot-4, 250-pound frame, the Lightning should be able to rely on him for over 22 minutes per game, while also providing some offense from the backside. Throughout his 12-year career he's topped the 30-point mark seven times (including fix of the past six years) and has scored more than 10 goals five times.
It's been a strong couple of days for Yzerman, as he locked up veteran winger Martin St. Louis to a four-year contract extension on Thursday, while also adding a solid goaltender in Dan Ellis.