Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Filip Kuba
Born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, Kuba played with HC Vitkovice for three years and was chosen 192nd overall by the Florida Panthers at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He remained in the Czech Republic in 1995-96 then spent a year adjusting to the North American game with the AHL's Carolina Monarchs in 1996-97. The next year he suited up for 77 games with the New Haven Beast and demonstrated a more aggressive approach and commitment to earning a callup. He played five games for the Panthers in 1998-99 then suited up for the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblades.

Kuba played 13 games for Florida in 1999-00 and spent some time with the IHL's Houston Aeros before he was traded to the Calgary Flames prior to the March deadline. Three months later he was claimed by the Minnesota Wild in the Expansion Draft. Kuba began to blossom when given more responsibility by the new team in 2000-01. He was the club's fourth-leading scorer with 30 points and helped quarterback the powerplay. Kuba also began using his size to his advantage against opposing forwards.

Injuries plagued Kuba in 2001-02, limiting him to only 62 games. Even though, he played in only 62 games, Kuba still managed to score 24 points and lead all Wild defenceman in scoring.

Over the course of the next two seasons, Kuba continued to lead all Wild defencemen in scoring and played a key role in the team's first ever playoff appearance in 2003.

Kuba became a regular in the line-up over the next few seasons with the Wild, but in the summer of 2006 Kuba was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kuba left the Wild leading the club all time scoring among defencemen. In his first season in Tampa Bay, Kuba established a career high in games played (81), goals (15) and points (37). The following season Kuba was one of the bright spots on a club which struggled all season long, he continued to establish himself among the team's top offensive defensemen by scoring 31 points. However, in the off-season one of the many changes to the Lightning roster involved the move of the Ostrava native to the Ottawa Senators.

On the international stage, Kuba represented his homeland at the 2001, 2002 and 2008 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics. He captured a gold medal at the 2001 World Championships in Germany.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1994-95 HC Vitkovice Jr. CzRep-Jr. 35 10 15 25
1994-95 HC Vitkovice CzRep 4 0 0 0 2
1995-96 HC Vitkovice CzRep 19 0 1 1
1996-97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 51 0 12 12 38
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 77 4 13 17 58 +11 3 1 1 2 0
1998-99 Florida Panthers NHL 5 0 1 1 0 +2
1998-99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 45 2 8 10 33 +13 10 0 1 1 4
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 13 1 5 6 2 -3
1999-00 Houston Aeros IHL 27 3 6 9 13 0 11 1 2 3 4
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 75 9 21 30 28 -6
2000-01 Czech Republic WC-A 9 1 1 2 8 +4
2001-02 Minnesota Wild NHL 62 5 19 24 32 -6
2001-02 Czech Republic WC-A 7 0 3 3 18 0
2002-03 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 8 21 29 29 0 18 3 5 8 24
2003-04 Minnesota Wild NHL 77 5 19 24 28 -7
2004-05
2005-06 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 6 19 25 44 0
2005-06 Czech Republic Olympics 8 1 0 1 0 +1
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 15 22 37 36 -9 6 1 4 5 4
2007-08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 6 25 31 40 -8
2007-08 Czech Republic WC-A 7 1 2 3 4 +4
2008-09 Ottawa Senators NHL 71 3 37 40 28 +4
2009-10 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 3 25 28 28 -5
2009-10 Czech Republic Olympics 5 0 1 1 0 -1
2010-11 Ottawa Senators NHL 64 2 14 16 16 -26
2011-12 Ottawa Senators NHL 73 6 26 32 26 +26 7 0 2 2 10
2012-13 HC Vitkovice Steel CzRep 11 0 4 4 10
2012-13 Florida Panthers NHL 44 1 9 10 24 -18
NHL Totals 836 70 263 333 361 31 4 11 15 38


Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004) Traded to Calgary by Florida for Rocky Thompson, March 16, 2000. Claimed by Minnesota from Calgary in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2006. Traded to Ottawa by Tampa Bay with Alexandre Picard and San Jose's 1st round pick (previously acquired, later traded to NY Islanders, later traded to Columbus, later traded to Anahaim - Anaheim selected Kyle Palmieri) in 2009 NHL Draft for Andrej Meszaros, August 29, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 1. 2012. Signed as a free agent by Vitkovice (CzRep), November 9, 2012.
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