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Lightning sign Braydon Coburn to three year extension

Braydon Coburn is one of the Lightning's top penalty killers, leading the team with 2:10 average shorthanded ice time. He's also third on the team in blocks and hits, and has three fights.

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Braydon Coburn is one of the Lightning's top penalty killers, leading the team with 2:10 average shorthanded ice time. He's also third on the team in blocks and hits, and has three fights.

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This time last year, defenseman Braydon Coburn's life was turned upside down in a deadline deal from Philadelphia to Tampa.

Coburn, 30, had a much different feeling Friday, excited for the security of signing a three-year, $11.1 million deal with the Lightning. There's a full no-trade clause from now through the first two seasons, with limited no-trade the third year, an important aspect for his family.

"I was obviously extremely happy that they wanted to get something done," Coburn said today. "We wanted to stay."

Coburn, making $4.5 million this year and due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said he was approached by the Lightning a week or so ago and the deal didn't take long. GM Steve Yzerman said ever since he acquired Coburn from the Flyers at last year's deadline - giving up defenseman Radko Gudas, a first and third round pick - the "intention" was to keep the veteran defenseman beyond his current contract.

Yzerman likes Coburn's size, skating ability and flexibility of playing both left and right side, not to mention his experience.

"Generally I feel you talk to every team, you can never have too many defensemen," Yzerman said. "What I do like, what I'm really comfortable in signing Braydon is several reasons. One his ability to play the right or left side, 2) is his leadership, his work ethic, his attitude is really important and is going to be great for Nikita Nesterov, great for (Slater) Koekkoek, and (Anthony) DeAngelo and Jake Dotchin."

Yzerman said this deal "doesn't really impact" what he'll do at the trade deadline, which is Monday, but it helped ease Coburn's mind and helped the team plan for next year. Coburn will make $800,000 less annually ($3.7 million), but with a likely flat cap for next year, it was probably uncertain what would be available this summer. Coburn said getting to unrestricted free agency for the first time wasn't as enticing as people think.

"This team, I feel like we've got something special going on and really wanted to be part of it," Coburn said. "Me and my family, since we got down to Tampa, it was something that if we knew there was a possibility for us to stay, we wanted to stay."

Yzerman indicated nothing was imminent on the trade front, and he plans to play in tonight's Red Wings alumni game in Denver. Anything can change with one phone call, but he'll meet with his other executives and scouts Saturday in Tampa.

"We'll kind of all get together tomorrow and make any final decisions on potential options that we might want to pursue," Yzerman said. "The decision might be, we're going to pass."

DEVELOPING: The Lightning has re-signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a three-year, $11.1 million extension, the team announced today. 

The annual average for the deal is $3.7 million, with a full no-move clause in the first two seasons and limited in third, per ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. 

Coburn, who makes $4.5 million this season, was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. 

Coburn, acquired a year at the trade deadline from the Flyers, has one goal and eight assists in 60 games. He's one of the team' stop penalty killers, leading the team with 2:10 average shorthanded ice time. He's also third on the team in blocks and hits, and has three fights. 

It'll be interesting what ripple effects this deal has going forward, considering the team's limited cap space. Or it could be the first of a few moves before Monday's trade deadline. 

[Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2016 2:24pm]

    

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