Two days after adding Nicklas Grossman, Paul Holmgren still wasn't happy with his club's blue-line depth.
The Flyers have agreed to send second- and fifth-round picks in 2012's draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina. In the midst of his 14th NHL season, Kubina turns 35 in April, and is finishing out the back end of a two-year, $7.7 million contract.
Standing at 6-4, 250, Kubina adds another imposing figure to the lineup. An All Star in 2004, he has three goals and eight assists this season while averaging nearly 20 minutes a night. Tim Panaccio describes Kubina's style of play:
Kubina is a puck moving defenseman who fits the genre the flyers have moved to in recent years with Europeans who can get out of their own end quickly while using their skating ability to avoid trouble.
Panotch also notes Kubina has 100 blocked shots this season, which puts him fourth on the team behind only Matt Carle and Kimmo Timonen, and now Nicklas Grossman, who notched three blocks to get to 103 on the season today.
Because Kubina puts the Flyers at 51 contracts, they must lose a player in their system to finalize the move.
Whether a blockbuster trade (Rick Nash?) is still on the way remains to be seen, but it sure looks like they will not be dealing for a big-name defender.
It looks like point guard Chasson Randle has earned himself some more time in Philadelphia.
The Sixers on Friday announced that they signed Randle to a second 10-day contract.
Randle was first signed by the Sixers on Jan. 9 and has appeared in two games, thanks in large part to a wrist injury that forced starter T.J. McConnell to msis some time and pushed backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez into the starting lineup.
"It’s a great feeling to know that I get another shot at this and (get to) be around this team, be around this staff another 10 days," Randle said. "I’m just thankful."
Randle scored a career-high 10 points in 16 minutes in Monday's win over the Bucks, shooting 50 percent from the field (3 for 6) and beyond the arc (2 for 4), while also adding two rebounds and an assist.
"You just watched him play in Milwaukee and you saw somebody take his length and come up with loose balls and deflections," Brett Brown said. "You saw somebody come down and had sort of a swagger and a confidence where he could rise up and make a three. He's a four-year Stanford graduate that comes with a very distinct pedigree and intellect and maturity that adds to team. Albeit new, he really adds to what we're trying to build in relation to the guys that we invite in our program. He's a high character guy."
Randle played in 19 games this season for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League before signing with the Sixers, leading the team in scoring with 21 points per game, including back-to-back games of 38 and 36 points in December.
He went undrafted in 2015 after a four-year career at Stanford.
Updated: 6:13 p.m.
Mo Williams was barely a Sixer.
The Sixers on Friday claimed the 34-year-old point guard, then waived him, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. The Sixers followed it with the re-signing of guard Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract.
ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the news of the Sixers' claiming Williams.
Per the report, the Sixers made the claim in order to get $2.2 million closer to the salary floor while preventing the Nuggets from doing so after Denver acquired Williams in a trade with the Hawks.
It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Williams, who was traded from the Cavaliers to the Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal. Williams was then shipped to the Nuggets, who then waived him.
Now he's been claimed and waived by the Sixers in the same day.
Williams, a veteran of 13 NBA seasons, last played for 2015-16 championship-winning Cleveland, where he played 41 regular-season contests and averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists per game.