Originally written February 16, 2012 on Puck Drunk Love:
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The NHL trade deadline sits just 11 days away. We've seen plenty of rumors hit the market, including numerous ones about Rick Nash leaving Columbus, but now we finally have some solid news to report involving the Tampa Bay Lightning and their willingness to trade defenseman Pavel Kubina. Kubina is being held out of the lineup and has been asked which teams he would accept a trade to, as reported by NHL.com. GM Steve Yzerman stated that a trade was not imminent but confirmed Kubina would be held out of the lineup - a clear sign that a trade may occur in the very near future. Unlike most of the rumors out there, Tampa Bay dealing Pavel Kubina would be a deal that makes a lot of sense. Kubina becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2011-12 season. If the Lighting have no intention of bringing him back beyond 2011-12, it would make sense for the club to get some value out of their defenseman instead of letting him walk free at the end of the year.  Kubina, playing in...
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