Lightning sign Coburn to a three-year extension

The blue liner's new deal is worth $11.1 million and carries a full no-trade clause for the first two years.
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Nearly a year to the date after the Lightning acquired Braydon Coburn from the Phildalphia Flyers, Tampa Bay signed the blue liner to a three-year extension.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $11.1 million and carries a $3.7 million annual average value.

Coburn’s new deal gives him a full no-trade clause for the remainder of this season, plus the next two seasons, before turning into a 16-team modified no-trade clause in 2018-19 per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

“(The no-trade clause) is important to me. This team I feel like we’ve got something special going on here and I really wanted to be a part of it,” Coburn said. “Coaching staff, trainers, everybody that’s here are A-class people and I wanted to be apart of that.”

Coburn on the extension: "We were extremely happy that they wanted to get something done. We wanted to stay.”

— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 26, 2016

The 6-foot-5, 226-pound defenseman's current four-year, $18 million dollar contract was set to expire after this season making him an unrestricted free agent. In order to re-sign with the Bolts, Coburn took an $800,000 pay cut.

“I got traded down here and I’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve got a lot of good things happening with this team,” he said. “Obviously we were really happy that they wanted to get something done. We wanted to stay. It’s a great feeling for me and my family.

“We’re very appreciative of Steve (Yzerman) and Mr. Vinik – the whole Lightning organization. They wanted to do this for three years, and we’re excited to keep living in Tampa. It’s a great place and a great fit for me.”

Entering Friday night’s action the Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has one goal and eight assists in 60 games this season while averaging 16:38 a night in ice time. Coburn is tied for fourth on the club for plus/minus with a plus-8 rating.

A veteran of 678 NHL games, Coburn provides the Tampa blue line with a stabilizing presence alongside youngsters such as Andrej Sustr and Nikita Nesterov.

Originally the eighth overall selection at the 2003 NHL draft, Coburn has 38 goals and 177 points over parts of 11 seasons.


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