Senators acquire Coburn, Paquette, second-round pick from Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Cedric Paquette (13). (Chris O'Meara/AP)

The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Braydon Coburn, forward Cedric Paquette and a 2022 second round draft pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goalie Anders Nilsson and forward Marian Gaborik, the Senators announced Sunday.

Paquette, 27, posted seven goals and 18 points in 61 games last year. He will hit unrestricted free agency next off-season. Coburn, 35, had four points in 40 games and will also become a free agent next summer.

Ottawa now has an extra second round pick in each of the next two drafts.

In a team statement, the Lightning noted that neither Gaborik nor Nilsson will play this season, and that they'll instead be sent to long-term injured reserve. Nilsson did make 20 appearances for Ottawa last year, but Gaborik hasn't skated in an NHL game since 2018.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that the LTIR placement of Gaborik and Nilsson will allow the Lighting to comply with the salary cap.

For Ottawa, it was the second trade in as many days after the team spent a second round pick on Saturday to acquire forward Derek Stepan from the Arizona Coyotes.

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