Pavel Kubina Heading To Switzerland
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Without an NHL contract, Pavel Kubina has signed with Geneva in Switzerland.
Kubina started his professional career with the Vítkovice Steel of the Czech Extraliga. He played there for four seasons, during which he was drafted in the seventh round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He would spend seven years with the club, winning a Stanley Cup in 2003-2004, however on July 1, 2006, Kubina signed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs for four years at $20 million. Kubina was suspended by the NHL for the first game of the 2006–07 season for cross-checking Detroit’s Jiří Hudler in a preseason game. On July 1, 2009, Kubina was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers with the rights to Tim Stapleton for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart.
On July 2, 2010, Kubina returned to the Tampa Bay Lightning, signing a two-year contract valued at $7.7 million (roughly $3.85 million per year). On February 18, 2012, as Philadelphia was in a defensive hole with Chris Pronger injured, Kubina was traded to the Flyers for Jon Kalinski, a 2012 or 2013 2nd-round draft pick and a 2013 4th-round draft pick. He finished the season with four points in 17 games with the Flyers. On September 15 2012, Kubina returned to HC Vitkovice with the NHL on strike, but when the league did in fact come back, he was without an NHL deal. He did not play a game with the steel, which could have resulted in him not signing an NHL contract.
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