The Tampa Bay Lightning took down the San Jose Sharks in overtime 6-5 Thursday night and did it without the services of defenseman Pavel Kubina. GM Steve Yzerman held him out because of the potential for a trade, USA Today reports.
Since Kubina has a limited no-trade clause in his contract, he asked the 34-year-old Czech native for a list of teams that he'd be willing to go to in a deal, according to TSN.
"We've decided to protect our interest and keep Pavel off the ice until the situation is resolved," Yzerman said, TSN reports.
The Lightning made it all the way to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals last year but are eight points shy of even getting into the playoffs. Still, Yzerman isn't planning to unload a slew of players: "We're not going to just give guys away," he said, according to TSN. "If we come across a deal that brings in someone in return who makes us a better organization, we're going to do that. But we're not just going to unload guys for the sake of unloading them."
Kubina, a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent who is making $3.5 million this season, has scored three goals and notched eight assists this season.