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Senators and Lightning Make Salary Cap Motivated Trade

The Senators acquire Braydon Coburn, Cedric Paquette, second-round 2022 pick from the Lightning for Marian Gaborik and Anders Nilsson.

After signing Tim Steuztle to an entry-level deal, the Ottawa Senators followed things up by announcing that they had also made a trade on Sunday evening. This was a deal that focuses on salary cap movement in an effort to give the Tampa Bay Lightning some additional space. At the same time, the Senators get two players in Coburn and Paquette who can help for two players that aren’t going to play this year from Tampa.

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The Ottawa Senators announced the team has acquired defenceman Braydon Coburn, forward Cedric Paquette and a second-round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Marian Gaborik and goaltender Anders Nilsson. A trade people are calling “cap gymnastics”, it’s a deal that is all about moving money for flexibility and a couple of assets, along with a draft pick that gets exchanged as a thank you to the Senators.

For the Lightning, $3.35 million in salary is cleared by trading Paquette and Coburn. An additional $4.875 million that can go on LTIR. Coburn had a full NTC, and would have had to move it to join Ottawa.

Tampa Bay Finding Creative Ways to Get Cap Compliant

Pierre LeBrun reports, that Tampa Bay GM Julien BriseBois had said he had a other move likely coming even after it was announced that Nikita Kucherov was going on LTI. He wanted more cap flexibility. He has found it with this deal.

In their media release, the Lightning have announced Marian Gaborik and Anders Nilsson will not play this season. Both will be on LTIR, which will allow TB to be cap compliant. This along with the cap savings moving out two players should give Tampa the room they need.

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    December 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Where the hell was Yzerman?????!!!!

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