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Bolts Renew Vet Blueliner Coburn for Two More

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a two-year contract worth an AAV of $1.7 million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Coburn, 34, played in 74 games with the Lightning in 2018-19, recording four goals and 23 points with a plus-4 rating. His 19 assists and 23 points were the most he’s registered in his four full seasons in Tampa Bay. Coburn ranked third on the team among defensemen for games played and was fourth for points. He skated in two Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2019 and notched one assist while averaging 17:08 in ice time per game.

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 924 career NHL games with the Bolts, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers, posting 48 goals and 228 points to go along with 690 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 134 career postseason games, collecting three goals and 29 points. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Lightning’s first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in 2015.

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.

Lighting Announce a Pair of Organizational Moves

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Gaunce, 29, skated in two games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 regular season, posting seven penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Gaunce made his Lightning debut on April 1 against the Ottawa Senators, recording seven penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman has appeared in 34 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Bolts over four seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 43 penalty minutes.

The Sudbury, Ontario native also appeared in 59 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, recording 10 goals and 46 points to go along with 65 penalty minutes. He ranked first among all Syracuse defensemen for goals, assists and points. Gaunce also ranked sixth in the AHL among defensemen for assists and tied for seventh for points. He also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games for Syracuse, posting a pair of assists.

Gaunce has skated in 594 career AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters, Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates, Texas Stars and Crunch, collecting 34 goals and 217 points. He helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup in 2014, skating in 18 postseason games, recording four assists and a plus-6 rating.

Gaunce was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

The Lightning have also acquired the Nashville Predators’ seventh-round selection in 2021 in exchange for goaltender Connor Ingram, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Ingram was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round, 88th overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Training Camp Numbers: Podcast Episode 10

The podcast is back this week as the Lightning- and somewhat sense-less playoffs continue. Listen for Lightning player and prospect talk ... as well as the usual soapboxes.

For first-timers, Training Camp Numbers looks at Lightning prospects (who get and are often stuck with the obscure training camp numbers), Lightning talking points, and the NHL news of the week.

This week: Erik Erlendsson joins in on the fun

    Playoffs are .... weird?
    Impartiality need not apply
    JBB's first win
    Lightning summer plans
    Draft: BPA or certain player type?
    Debate: To review or not to review
    Your questions

Thanks to Andrew Weiss for leading and hosting the show. Enjoy the Lightning talk on iTunes, Spotify, and a bunch of other platforms. Our thanks to Erik for joining in. Be sure to find him (and become a member) at Lightning Insider and Lightning Power Play.

Click here to listen.


ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-3-19 Everblades @ Solar Bears

South Division Finals (Tuesday)
South-1 Florida Everblades 2 @ South-2 Orlando Solar Bears 1 (2OT)
Florida wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
(AHL contract)
Playoff Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 30 GP, 11-33-44, +11, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 3-3-6, E, 8 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 39 GP, 6-19-25, -4, 30 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: OT Loss, 49 saves on 51 shots, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 5-2-3, 1.94 GAA, .935 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 8-2-0, 2.41 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL: Did not play
Playoff Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals (KIT, OHL): 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals (KIT, OHL): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 20 GP, 11-11-22, +9, 8 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 17 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 23 GP, 13-13-26, +8, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Connor Ingram had stopped 49 of 50 shots before getting beat by the 51st shot he faced, ultimately resulting in Florida winning in double-overtime and advancing to the conference finals for the second straight year. The Everblades took all three games in Orlando and won the series, 4-1, though three of the wins came in overtime. It was a good showing by the Orlando Solar Bears, who were the final Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate left playing.

The Lightning organization, aside from a few NHLers participating in the World Championships, is entering the offseason in its entirety now. All prospects are finished for the year.

There will be a few decisions to be made on the prospect front, such as what will be done with Connor Ingram? Although he has another year left on his entry level contract, Ingram fell out of favor with the Syracuse Crunch - where he was an all-star this season - and was eventually demoted to the ECHL for the remainder of the season. It’s possible, like Anthony DeAngelo and Jonathan Drouin before him, that he is dealt in the offseason, though Syracuse starter Eddie Pasquale is an unrestricted free agent and tryout player Ante Tolvanen has committed to playing in his native Finland.

Aside from Ingram, prospect Mitch Hults spent the majority of his season in the ECHL and is a restricted free agent. If the organization feels he won’t help the Crunch, he’s likely to be free to seek a deal elsewhere. Hults was acquired from the Ducks for future considerations in October. Anaheim had taken Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and needed to shed a contract and the Lightning were willing to take Hults.

Orlando finished the year second in the South Division and gave first-place Florida all it could handle in the second round of the playoffs. Had they not been in the same division with the league’s best team, it’s a good bet they would have made the conference finals.

On to next season.

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