The Washington Times - February 18, 2012, 06:53PM

TAMPA, Fla. | It has reached the gallows humor part of the season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Injuries have so derailed their hopes that coach Guy Boucher joked Saturday that he hoped his 12 healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen made it through the day and into warm-ups.

“Somebody might fall down the stairs this afternoon,” he said with a laugh.


Things haven’t quite added up for the Lightning this season because of those injuries and underachieving goaltending, and now they’re in full sell mode. On Saturday, according to multiple reports, Tampa Bay traded defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Philadelphia Flyers. ESPN reported the return was a second- and a fourth-round draft pick.

Kubina is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had been held out of games and practices since the team started shopping him.

The trade was pending league approval as the Flyers reportedly must do something else to get to the 50-contract limit.

The Lightning already dealt forward Dominic Moore to San Jose earlier in the week, though he did not find out until he was about to go on the ice for warm-ups Thursday, coincidentally against the Sharks. Moore fetched a second-round pick.