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Flyers future fulfilled: Braydon Coburn signs four-year, $18 million extension in Philly

Nov 9, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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Braydon Coburn is the face of the future in Philly. Coburn signed a four-year extension with the Flyers worth $18 million, good for a cap hit of $4.5 million per year over the course of the deal.

Coburn has been a steady second-pair guy for the Flyers and when you’re playing behind Chris Pronger as a defensive defenseman, life is made a little easier. At 26 years-old Coburn now becomes the solid rock they’ll look to build upon for the future. Not bad for a guy that the Flyers got from Atlanta for a washed up Alexei Zhitnik back in 2007, eh?

Coburn isn’t going to put goals on the board, but he is the guy that does his part in making sure the puck doesn’t end up in the Flyers net. Coburn started breaking out during the Flyers’ Stanley Cup finals run in 2010 and has grown to be one of their top defenders.

The price might seem a little high, but the Flyers are locked up with 20 contracts into next season according to CapGeek and are still well under the cap. If you have the space to spend, you might as well use it wisely and that’s what GM Paul Holmgren did here. Keeping Coburn away from free agency in the summer was key and now the Flyers hope to reap the benefits.

  1. abrienza428 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Eh

  2. trigzter - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    see ya later matt carle

    • ml3939 - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      Matt Carle sucks. If this helps facilitate his exit, I am all for it. He is terrible on both ends of the ice. Pronger carries him when they play together and Meszaros carried him as much as he could last year in Pronger’s absence. I would rather see Kerry Huffman or Karl Dykhuis on defense than Carle. I get so consumed picking apart his mistakes during games I sometimes forget to enjoy just watching the game.

  3. andyreidisfat - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Carle is ok but coburn is a top 10 defensive d guy. Good signing. This flyers team had no limits to how good they can be. My guess is they lose carle and timmonen next season but sign some nice talent with the cap space they create.

    Though they haven’t won a cup the last decade or so the flyers have been one of the smartest most well run NHL team. I mean is their any doubt as to who got the better end of the trades they made last year? People were asking where will they get scoring from, and look at them they lead the NHL in scoring. The future for the flyers looks great. If schenn who was playing very well comes back and is the guy we all think he can be we might be talking dynasty for the flyers.

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