Originally written on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 11/9/11

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 03: Braydon Coburn #5 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Vancouver Canucks on December 3, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
There are a few ways of looking at the 4-year, $18-million deal the Philadelphia Flyers handed to Braydon Coburn on Wednesday, which goes into effect next season. First off: He was probably going to get the money as an unrestricted free agent next summer. That's Mike Komisarek/Dan Hamhuis territory, and Coburn legitimately slots in around that cap hit as a player who plays shutdown defense, pops in a few points and logs 21:04 a night. The fact that he's Kimmo Timonen's running mate (at least for this season and the next) makes him an essential asset for the Flyers. That said: The Flyers now have approximately $25.4 million committed to their blueline and starting goaltending for 2012-13, with Matt Carle still lingering as an unrestricted free agent next summer. That's more money than a Kardashian spends on the backend. The Penguins, by comparison, have $21.3 million committed to their top four and goaltender for next season. As we said, Carle still lingers for next summer, as Travis...
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