SAN JOSE — The Sharks traded defenseman Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday for a second-round selection (41st overall) in this weekend’s NHL Draft and a third-round pick next season.
Braun is set to make $3.8 million this season, the final one of a five-year, $19 million deal he signed in Sept. 2014.
The deal leaves the Sharks with roughly $16.3 million in salary cap space for next season, according to CapFriendly.com. Monday, the Sharks made Erik Karlsson the highest paid defenseman in the NHL, inking him to a eight-year, $92 million deal.
In 607 NHL games with San Jose, Braun had 154 points (24 goals, 130 assists) and 226 penalty minutes. He leaves ranked sixth on the franchise’s all-time list in games played amongst defensemen.
“Justin has been an important part of our organization since we drafted him in 2007 and over that time, we have seen him develop not only as a player on the ice but as a man,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “He has played a large role in our team’s success since joining the Sharks roster, including appearing in three Conference Finals and competing for the Stanley Cup in 2016.”
Braun played in 84 Stanley Cup Playoff games with San Jose (second in franchise history amongst defensemen), with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) and 40 penalty minutes.
Braun also played in 43 games with the Worcester Sharks from 2009-2012 to begin his professional career.
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