The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenceman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenceman Radko Gudas and a 2015 first- and third-round pick, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston first reported.
In 39 games with the Flyers this season, Coburn has amassed nine points on eight assists and one goal.
The 30-year-old carries a $4.5 million cap hit and has one year left on his deal. Coburn’s contract also carries a limited no-trade clause.
Gudas, 24, has five points and 34 penalty minutes in 31 games played with the Lightning this season, but has been out since early January after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He has a contract through to next season with a cap hit of $991,667, according to Sportrac.
Shortly after news of this trade broke, Joe Smith, beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times, tweeted out that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was actually looking to add depth on the blue line, and the need for another defenceman stemmed from his suspicion that Gudas wouldn’t be back in time for the playoffs.
The Lightning did this deal in the wee hours of trade deadline morning. They also dealt forward Brett Connolly to the Boston Bruins for a couple of second-round picks at around the same time.