All Quiet in the Kubina World

I never would have guessed after all the hooplah at trade deadline day that when given the chance Cliff wouldn’t have thrown Pavel Kubina overboard. Well, today is the last day to do so without him waiving his NTC (fat chance of that happening). All the pundits assumed he would be gone too. Strangely, all is quiet at 3pm. One has to wonder if this is a Ron Wilson thing, or Cliff realizing he has to put some semblance of a product on the ice.

One really has to wonder about McCabe’s personality and effect on the room as Cliff tosses him aside. Could it be that Kubina’s play will improve. I believe he logged a lot more ice time in Tampa then he did in Toronto so far.

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August 15, 2008 3:35 pm

i hope it’s kaberle wearing the “C,” and not kubina. Kubby can take Kabby’s “A”

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August 15, 2008 5:01 pm

I just finished a post on my pick for the next Leafs captain. Spoiler alert: it’s not Kubina.

I do support the idea of keeping Kubina over McCabe. He may not be captain material, but he’s not the dressing room posing that McCabe seemed to morph into. He’s marginally better on the ice, and he has a better contract that would be easy to buyout next year if needed.

I still wonder whether Cliff gave any thought to moving both guys. Even without McCabe and Kubina, the Leafs would still have about seven NHL-calibre defencemen. Sure, it would be Kaberle and six #6 guys, but they could still ice a team. And since this year is more about development than results, why not give the Stralmans and Whites a shot at the first pairing and PP time?

August 15, 2008 3:17 pm

Not only will Kubina survive the day…(of which i am glad)…If Mats does not return, look for Kubina to be announced as captain. Welcome to the post Vaive pre Clark era!

August 15, 2008 3:00 pm

Kubina was fab in the latter half of last season. He was a real force out there, and the type of guy we envisioned him to be when we signed him. As much as I respect McCabe and think he was treated poorly by the organization, when it comes to picking one of either Kubby, or McCabe, I’ve got to go with Kubina. And you’re right, this should mean more ice time for him, and a permanent slot on the number one power play. And I like the sound of that. Kubina and Kaberle played well together last season, and the Czech pair will make a solid 1-2 punch on our blue line. I’m glad Kubina’s still here, and look forward to seeing him play with Kabby every night.

And well done on the constant updateage of your blog. You’re a machine. Enjoy your work. Cheers, player.

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