-- Once Pavel Kubina
was held out of practice and scratched from both Tampa Bay Lightning
games this week, it was just a matter of time until the defenseman was gone.
On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning
pulled the trigger and traded the defenseman to the Philadelphia Flyers
in exchange for two draft picks and minor-league forward Jon Kalinski
Sunday, an emotional Kubina cleaned out his locker at Tampa Bay Times Forum for the last time.
"Steve (Yzerman) brought me to the office a couple of days ago and asked me for a list of five teams," Kubina said. "He said, 'We would like to move you,' and after that he sent me home."
Kubina never supplied the list, but the trade came about quickly anyway.
"I was just sitting home, waiting for what was going to happen. I could have come up with a list of five teams but I didn't do it," Kubina said. "I could have waited another seven days to do that, but when I spoke to Steve (Yzerman) about Philly, I thought it was the right thing to do.