Today, the 30-year-old defenceman signed a three-year deal worth $11.1 mil with a cap hit of $3.7 mil per-year over the next three seasons. This deal will also include a no-trade clause for the first two years of his deal, and a limited no-trade clause in the third year of his contract. This deal was reported by Pierre LeBrun.
Now, Coburn brings leadership, experience to a young and good Lightning club. He has contributed to the team this year by plucking 1 goal with 8 assists for a total of 9 points. Now, he does provide that unsung hero like play when you need him, but there are times where he does make some bonehead plays. Hopefully Lightning fans continue to say “In Yzerman we trust”. The bottom line of this is that the Lightning keep there defense in tact for a long time with Hedman, Stralman, Garrison, and now Coburn.
In addition, Coburn has averaged 16:39 of ice-time and leads the team with an average of 2:11 of ice-time per-game on the penalty kill.
Furthermore, Coburn gives the young future defencemen at the Lightning’s AHL club, the Syracuse Crunch.The Lightning have Luke Witkowski, Slater Koekkoek, and Anthony DeAngelo that could provide an impact at some point this season or next season.
Finally, Coburn has been a better pickup than Matt Carle, but still it seems that the Lightning could of saved this money to put either toward Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, or Victor Hedman. All three of those players will demand high numbers when their time comes, like Stamkos.
Note: According to War on Ice, Coburn has a 50.82 CF% and a minus-2.18 CF%Rel 5-on-5. This means when Coburn is on the ice even strength the Lightning possess the puck more than their opponent, but not more relative to the rest of the team.