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Senators Waive Braydon Coburn, Promote Erik Brannstrom

The Ottawa Senators have waived defenseman Braydon Coburn and promoted youngster Erik Brannstrom.

Just hours after the head coach said the older players need to bring more and the that young guys were starting to carry the club, the Ottawa Senators have placed a veteran defenseman on waivers Wednesday., while promoting one of their young prospects. Braydon Coburn has been demoted by the organization, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, while Erik Brannstrom will get a closer look.

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Coburn carries a cap hit of $1.7 million this season and was part of a move by the Tampa Bay Lightning to clear salary cap before the 2020-21 campaign began. He wasn’t a huge part of the Lightning’s Cup run but it was believed he could play a role in Ottawa’s rebuild, offering leadership and experience so some of the younger players. Coburn, 35, hasn’t done much this season.

In eight games with the Senators, he has one point and has averaged just over 17 minutes a night. The Senators don’t look anything like a competitive NHL team right now and Coburn’s demotion might be just the start of some sweeping changes that see the Senators ride or die with their youngsters.

At the same time, as the Sens waived Coburn, they have recalled Erik Brannstrom who may be getting his next NHL opportunity.

What Happens If Coburn Clears?

Should Coburn clear on Thursday, he could be swapped with Brannstrom and end up on the taxi squad as a depth piece. The Senators will be able to use Coburn when needed, but the team may not elect to very often unless an injury requires a change.

Where his career goes after this decision by the Senators isn’t entirely clear but he’s on the last season of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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