Lightning await trade for blue-liner Kubina
GM Steve Yzerman keeping player off ice as precaution
Pavel Kubina appears to have played his final game for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
General manager Steve Yzerman says the NHL team has decided to keep the veteran defenceman off the ice until a trade can be completed.
Kubina holds a limited no-trade clause and has been asked for a list of teams he's willing to go to.
Yzerman told reporters that no deal is imminent, but that Kubina will be held off the ice as a precaution.
The 34-year-old is earning $3.5 million US in the final year of a contract he signed with Tampa Bay prior to last season — a deal that returned him to the organization where he won a Stanley Cup in 2004.
Kubina has three goals and 11 points in 52 games this season.