Light­ning re-sign Coburn to $3.4M, 2-year deal

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) >> The Tampa Bay Light­ning have re-signed de­fense­man Bray­don Coburn to a $3.4 mil­lion, two-year deal.

Coburn will count $1.7 mil­lion against the salary cap in each of the next two sea­sons. Gen­eral man­ager Julien BriseBois an­nounced the con­tract Tues­day.

The 34-year-old had four goals and 19 as­sists in 74 games last sea­son when he av­er­aged 17:08 of ice time. Coburn took a $2 mil­lion an­nual pay cut from his last con­tract, which should help Tampa Bay re­main among the NHL’s top Stan­ley Cup con­tenders.

Coburn has 228 points in 924 games with the At­lanta Thrash­ers, Philadel­phia Fly­ers and Light­ning. Tampa Bay ac­quired him in 2015.

This deal comes less than a day af­ter two-time Nor­ris Tro­phy win­ning de­fense­man Erik Karlsson re-signed with San Jose. LAU­REL, MD. (AP) >> A 5-year-old horse died of a sus­pected heart at­tack dur­ing a race at Lau­rel Park, the 12th race­horse to die in Mary­land this year.

The Bal­ti­more Sun re­ports the mare named Fol­low the Petals col­lapsed on Sun­day im­me­di­ately af­ter she had taken the lead in her race. The jockey was un­harmed.

The Mary­land Rac­ing Com­mis­sion re­ports nine horses have died dur­ing races and two dur­ing train­ing be­tween Jan. 1 and May 31. One of them was a filly that col­lapsed and died run­ning at Bal­ti­more’s Pim­lico Race Course just one day ahead of the Preak­ness Stakes.

The Stronach Group owns Lau­rel Park and Pim­lico as well as Cal­i­for­nia’s Santa Anita Park, where 29 race­horses have died since De­cem­ber. It has called for sweeping re­forms to med­i­ca­tion rules.

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