Senators Player Profile: Filip Kuba

The is the nineteenth in a series of profiles on each player for the Ottawa Senators.

Filip Kuba, D, Contract: 3.7/12 (UFA)
T 2008 (Murray), 6’4, Shoots L, YOB 1976, Ostrava, Cze
2008-09 71-3-37-40 +4 28pim TOI 23:16 BkS 111
2009-10 53-3-25-28 -5 28pim TOI 22:51 BkS 86
2010-11 64-2-14-16 -26 16pim TOI 20:43 BkS 104

The major piece in the Andrej Meszaros trade, Kuba responded by having a career year with the Senators as they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995-96.  Bryan Murray rewarded Kuba with a three-year contract, whose term I wasn’t a fan of, but the contract was generally well-received ( 2009/03/04/Senators_Resign_Kuba_Trade_Vermette_to_Columbus).

The following year (2009-10) Kuba was not quite as good, but close to the numbers he’d posted previously when injury derailed his season.  Serious back problems had him rehabbing throughout the off-season.  He proceeded to break his leg the first day of training camp ( and when he eventually returned he wasn’t the same player.  The Senators tried hard to trade him at the deadline (, but there was no appetite for the term left on his contract.

I think at this point in his career in Ottawa that Kuba is never going to make the fans happy.  He’s not a top-pairing defenceman and is better served logging second pair minutes (I don’t agree about his precipitous decline as outlined here 07/23/can-filip-kuba-have-a-bounce-back-season/).  If he’s healthy I believe he’ll return to form, although it’s very unlikely he remains a Senator through the entire season.  Should he play out the season I expect he’ll put up 30-35 points with 3-5 goals.

Kuba scoring an OT winner:
Profile during the 2009-10 season:

Next up is Craig Anderson.

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