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Flyers’ Coburn leaves game, won’t return with upper-body injury

Mar 28, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

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When the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t losing games, it seems like they’re losing key players to injury. Add big defenseman Braydon Coburn to that list after Thursday.

The 28-year-old blueliner suffered an upper-body injury during the team’s game against the New York Islanders and won’t return.

While he’s had a rough 2013 at times, the Flyers need all the help they can get on defense. He’s been sturdy since becoming an NHL regular, too, missing just eight games in the last five seasons.

Beyond keeping him out of the remainder of tonight’s contest, it’s unclear how severe this ailment is.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Wanna hear a joke? The flyers health.

  2. wisdomnfl - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Flyers are looking at a very high draft pick. They have good young players and who knows what can happen if they get the number one overall.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Hugely talented squad offensively – but jesus give the kids time to develop. Compare Matt Read’s production to Couturier…and compare the press about them. The risk of Philly getting the early pick is getting Seth Jones and putting him in right away.

  3. thailer35 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Wanna hear a joke? The fact that there isn’t an article about the Phoenix Nashville game that had seven goals in the first ten minutes and nine goals in the first period, but we’re updated every time another flyer gets a cramp.

    • thailer35 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Update: They added that article.

  4. ragingyinzer - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Poetic justice. This goon should have been suspended at least 2 games for his dirty hit on Dupuis last Sunday.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Even as a Penguins fan, I say that Coburn is generally not a dirty player, but the hit on Dupuis was definitely suspendable…karma.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      You sir, are an idiot. Dumb accidental play? absolutely. Intentional hit? No. I’m glad Dupuis was OK after that one. Cobern is not a dirty player. Take your Homer glasses off for once.

      • pens5829 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        Broadstreetdumba@ss. Take off the orange and black blinders buddy. History or not, the hit on Dupuis should have warranted at least two games.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        OK dopey. I know since you are a Hens fan it pretty much clouds any objectivity or factual analysis but the hit was not an intentional dirty hit by Coburn. It was a stupid, careless, accidental hockey play. The key here being it was accidental and that is why the league did not suspend Coburn. Thank God the NHL does not employ boners such as yourself to impose discipline on infractions. Coburn should have been more careful and its a good thing Dupuis was not injured.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        You’re saying it’s not suspendable if it’s accidental?

        You can ACCIDENTALLY paralyze someone, without suspension. But just not intentionally.

      • whammy71 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        look whose playing “tank to the bank” now for the #1 pick! Doesn’t matter – yinz are still stuck with a crappy over-paid goalie plus Claudia Gayrioux and his band of misfit gingers. Have fun sucking!!!! WHAMMY!!!!!!

  5. ragingyinzer - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Intent has nothing to do with whether a player is suspended. Intentional or not, it was a careless (not accidental) hit and deserves a suspension. I never said he was dirty, I said he is a goon. There’s a difference, Homer.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Actually intent does factor into certain suspensions, depending on the team and caliber of the player committing the infraction or the caliber of the victim. The Coburn hit was suspendable but he’s no goon. Giroux got boarded in an almost identical play tonight, with no penalty called, should the player (couldn’t tell who it was from my seat) who hit him be suspended? The way you answer that will determine whether or not you’re a “homer”.

      • ragingyinzer - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        I didn’t see the Giroux play, but if it was anything like the hit on Dupuis then, yes, the hitter should be suspended, regardless of whether the hit was intentional or “accidental”. The league has said they want to get careless hits from behind out of the game, and they’ve declared it a point of emphasis this year. So they have to take intent out of it in deciding WHETHER to suspend. Intent and extent of injury to victim should only factor into the length of the suspension.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      You said he is a goon and that his hit was dirty (implying that he is dirty). being careless and being negligent are two different things. The league saw it as being a stupid play and not suspendible. Coburn is not known as a goon nor is he known as a dirty player. You sir, are a moron.

      • ragingyinzer - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        neg·li·gent
        /ˈnegləjənt/
        Adjective
        Failing to take proper care in doing something: “directors have been negligent in the performance of their duties”.
        Synonyms
        careless – neglectful – remiss – inadvertent – heedless

        Sorry, the “moron” Pens fan had to look that one up.

  6. ragingyinzer - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Your handle is “broadstreetbeatdown”, but I’m the idiot and the homer? Ok. Pot, meet kettle.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Hey stupid A$$ its just a handle, showing pride in my team. Why so serious?

      • ragingyinzer - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Perhaps my labeling of Coburn as a goon was an emotional reaction to one of my team’s players receiving what I saw as a dirty hit. If anyone can understand kneejerk emotional reactions to perceived injustices against their team, it should be a Flyers fan.

        But let me understand you. if I call one one of the players on your team a “goon” (whether it’s an apt title or not), that makes me an idiot, a homer, a moron, and now a stupid a$$.

        But when you resort to name-calling (about a commenter, not a player or a play), you’re just “showing pride in your team”. How is that different from being a homer or any of the other things you called me?

        I did not say Coburn was dirty, I said the hit was dirty. To me, even clean players can make dirty plays. And in this case, Coburn’s hit definitely was not “accidental”. Coburn didn’t just bump into Dupuis; he clearly meant to hit him. That is both careless and negligent – he neglected to recognize that Dupuis was in a vulnerable position and he hit him anyway. One hit does not make him a goon or a dirty player, but it definitely makes him suspendible, the way the league is calling things this year.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Raging, unlike you and most of the Pens fans that post here. I do not see every hit on the Flyers as a suspend able offense. Did I like the hit that Visnofsky (sp) put on Giroux last night? No. Did I think he should have gotten a penalty? Yes. Do I think he should be suspended? No. He is not known as a goon or dirty player. It was just a careless hit, ie an accident.

        Now as far as careless and negligent go you do realize that being careless is what causes accidents? an individual is not showing the proper amount of care in their actions and cause an accident. Its like speeding up to get through a yellow light and it turns red resulting in an accident. Being negligent or reckless is not showing any care or regards to your actions and how they will affect others. that is like intentionally blowing past multiple red lights until you cause an accident. Intent has a lot to do whether a player gets suspended or not.

        Now as to the last point. My “name calling” as you so eloquently put it. Is really not a response to you calling a player goon, dirty, whatever. My response was to your comment of “Poetic Justice” because the article is about Coburn. So basically what that tells us is that you are happy or at least sated that he was hurt because he “could” have hurt Dupuis. Now I don’t know if that makes you an idiot or a homer, but it does make you classless. The last thing I would ever do is be giddy over a player getting injured to include every single player on your beloved Pens.

  7. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Rag, calling coburn a goon for one bad hit shows you do not have any clue what you are saying.
    I don’t know if your a homer but you seem like one.

  8. sportsfreak13 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Come on ragingyinzer don’t be “that” pens fan who calls all 23 players on the flyers dirty. Coburn is not dirty at all and to my knowledge has never been suspended. Personally I hope coburn, along with half their D, recover soon. That hit on giroux was nasty too, defiantly should of been called. I’m surprised no one got in a fight with that guy after that. Should of been some retaliation for that IMO.

  9. hockeyfan28 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Keep those ping pong balls coming flyers fans have suffered long enough need to get in that top 3 to have
    one of the real difference making corner stone guys in the draft

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