Coburn was the third defender on the Lightning's protection list for the upcoming expansion draft. Coburn's name on the list alongside Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman was a bit surprising, given the potential of impressive rookie Jake Dotchin. But his contract is solid at a $3.7 million cap hit each of the next two years. It's a sign the Bolts intend to take a hard run at the Cup in the next couple seasons and Coburn's solid game will go a long way to stabilizing the back end. He may even play foil to new arrival Mikhail Sergachev.
Coburn's ice time has been at 19:53 or over in four of the Lightning's last five contests, but it has been in a defensive role. He does have one assist in those five games. Coburn's game is all about clearing the crease and keeping the puck out of his own net. His 10 points in 75 games don't bring any fantasy value, but his 101 hits may help in deep formats.
Coburn scored a goal in Monday's 5-1 victory over the Senators. Don't look now, but Coburn has a point in each of his last two games. Go figure. Coburn once tallied 36 points in his first full season in Philly way back in 2007-08, but that was a one-season wonder. This year, he has just eight points (three goals, five assists) in 59 games, making him better on the ice than in the fantasy arena.
Coburn potted his second goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-0 win against the Kings. The marker ended a 21-game drought without lighting the lamp. Coburn also tacked on three blocked shots, a minor penalty and a hit to give fantasy owners some much-needed production. He isn't much of a scorer, and his biggest contribution in deeper pools is in the blocks (48) and hits (76) categories.
Coburn (upper body) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Sabres. Coburn will skate alongside Andrej Sustr on Tampa Bay's third pairing for Thursday's contest. The veteran blueliner only has five points in 40 games this season, so he isn't a practical option in most season-long formats.
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