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Islanders acquire D Braydon Coburn from Senators

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The Isles send back to Ottawa their seventh-round pick in 2022.

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Six
I don’t think Coburn played when the Bolts beat the Isles in Game 6 last year, but he certainly celebrated.
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Late in the evening, the New York Islanders announced that they acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Ottawa Senators. They sent back to the Senators a seventh-round pick in 2022 and took on his full salary.

Coburn, 36, will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He has appeared in only 16 games this season for the Senators, so you may have reacted as Dan did:

He will probably serve as, at best, the Isles’ seventh defenseman, which is good, because he is kind of washed at this point. I remember him being pretty good during his prime, but that was a while ago.

However, he has played in many playoff games throughout his career, so if he did have to step into the lineup, he would at least be familiar with the surroundings. That being said, while he did win the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning last summer, he appeared in only 3 games throughout the bubble run.

Either way, it’s only a seventh-round pick, and I imagine he will play only in break-glass-in-case-of-emergency settings, given how frequently Barry Trotz has used his main six defensemen.

The Isles still have a little bit of cap room with which to play, but they are at the 50-contract limit. They would have to send a contract back somewhere else.

They may not yet be done.

In other news, as of this posting, Taylor Hall may be headed to the Boston Bruins.

Darren Dreger has had the Hall story from the beginning, so we shall see where this goes.