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Lightning sign Braydon Coburn to three-year contract extension

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a three-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Coburn, 30, has played in 60 games with the Lightning this season, recording one goal and nine points to go along with 45 penalty minutes. He ranks tied for fourth on the club for plus/minus with a plus-8 rating. Coburn ranks third on the club for both hits (90) and blocked shots (69). Since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade last season, Coburn has skated in 64 regular season games with the Lightning, posting a goal and 11 points.

The 6-foot-5, 226-pound defenseman skated in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning last season, notching a goal and four points. He netted the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the first round against the Detroit Red Wings. Coburn also appeared in all six Stanley Cup Final games for the Bolts. He ranked fourth on the Lightning for blocked shots (32) and penalty minutes (21) during the postseason.

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 678 career NHL games with the Bolts, Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers, posting 38 goals and 177 points to go along with 558 penalty minutes. He set career highs for goals (nine), assists (27) and points (36) during the 2007-08 season while with the Flyers. Coburn has also skated in 98 career postseason games, collecting three goals and 27 points.

Coburn has represented Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships on two different occasions, capturing the Silver Medal in 2009. He also represented Team Canada at the World Jr. Championships twice, winning a Gold Medal in 2005 and a Silver Medal in 2004.

Coburn was originally selected by the Thrashers in the first round, eighth overall, at the 2003 NHL Draft.

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