OTTAWA, Ontario - The Ottawa Senators acquired defenseman Braydon Coburn, forward Cedric Paquette and a 2022 second-round draft pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night in exchange for forward Marian Gaborik and goalie Anders Nilsson.
Both Gaborik and Nilsson, who have a combined annual average cap hit just over $7 million for 2021-22, will be placed on long-term injury reserve and will not play this season.
The 35-year-old Coburn, has played 964 career NHL games with Atlanta, the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay since breaking into the league with the Thrashers in the 2005-06 season, and has 49 goals and 183 assists. He’s in the final season of a two-year deal with a $1.7 million average
The 27-year-old Paquette has played 377 NHL games — all with Tampa Bay — and has 47 goals and 38 assists. He’s is set to make $1.65 million in the final season of a two-year contract.
Gaborik underwent back surgery in April 2018 and hasn’t played since. He is entering the final year of a seven-year deal worth $4,875,000 a season.
Nilsson went down with a concussion in December 2019 and has not returned to game action. He’s owed $2.6 this season.