4 days after buying forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders normal supervisor Lou Lamoriello added to his protection Sunday night time. Lamoriello acquired veteran blueliner, Braydon Coburn, from the Ottawa Senators in alternate for a seventh-round draft choose in 2022.
The Islanders are going all-in this season to win a Stanley Cup and they’re doing it by including veterans round a very good core of younger gamers for head coach Barry Trotz. Coburn is within the closing 12 months of a two-year, $3.4 million contract that carries a cap hit of $1.7 million.
Coburn Brings Expertise
Coburn has performed in simply 16 video games this season for the Senators, however the 36-year-old veteran has performed in 980 regular-season video games and 137 playoff video games. He has two assists this season with 14 blocked pictures and 25 hits, however as his profession has gone alongside, he has grow to be extra of a shutdown defensemen. He will not be the identical defensemen he as soon as was, however he’ll turn out to be useful for an Islanders group that should get via the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins to get out of the robust and gifted MassMutual East Division.
Coburn was chosen eighth general by the Atlanta Thrashers within the 2003 Entry Draft. After 38 video games over two seasons with the Thrashers, he was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers the place his profession took off over the following 9 seasons. His greatest offensive season was in 2007-08 when he scored 9 targets and had 27 assists.
In 2015, the Flyers despatched Coburn to the Tampa Bay Lightning the place he performed six seasons with loads of success. He led the Lightning to the 2015 Stanley Cup closing the place they misplaced to the Chicago Blackhawks in six video games. 5 years later, he was a part of the 2020 Stanley Cup championship group that beat the Dallas Stars in six video games for the franchise’s second championship in 16 seasons. Throughout the 2018-19 season, he had 4 targets and 19 assists in 74 video games to assist lead Tampa Bay to the Presidents’ Trophy.
In December, Tampa Bay traded Coburn to the Senators with Cedric Paquette and a second-round choose in 2022. In buying Coburn, he’s added depth for the Islanders’ blue line for late within the common season and postseason. Resulting from quarantine restrictions, he received’t be obtainable for the Islanders till he goes via his COVID-19 testing and is cleared.
Senators Constructing For the Future With Picks
Buying and selling Coburn was the second defensemen the Senators dealt away Sunday night time. Ottawa despatched Mike Reilly to the Boston Bruins in alternate for a 2022 fourth-round draft choose. Just like the Devils, the Senators are in rebuilding mode, and buying draft picks for expiring contracts is the way in which for them to go proper now.
Ottawa will not be completed both, as they’ve some items that different groups are curious about earlier than the three p.m. commerce deadline Monday. It could be irritating for Senators’ followers, however they’re constructing for the longer term via the draft.