Originally written on NHL Hot Stove  |  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)

By David Strehle
NHL Hot Stove Managing Editor

Amid a huge shake up in team chemistry this summer, some things have remained a constant for the Philadelphia Flyers.  There is a report today from CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio via twitter that the club made a move to keep a part of their defensive core intact, signing Braydon Coburn to a four-year, $18 million contract extension.

Photo courtesy of jbehindtheglass.com

Coburn stood to become an unrestricted free agent after the campaign before signing the new deal.

At 6′ 5″ and 220 pounds, the 26-year-old provides the Flyers with a rare blend of size, speed, and toughness on the Philadelphia blue line.  Coburn has the ability to make the quick outlet pass, along with his skating stride and mobility, which enables him to skate the puck out of the zone and on the rare occasion, jump into an offensive foray.

Coburn was the 8th overall selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Thrashers, but things never completely panned out for him in Atlanta.  He played just 38 games over two seasons with the Thrashers, picking up five assists and 34 PIMs.

Acquired on February 24th, 2007 in exchange for an aging defender in Alexei Zhitnik, Coburn’s arrival in Philadelphia late in the campaign was one of the  most positive occurrences in the Flyers worst-ever season.

The defensive partner of Kimmo Timonen, Coburn has seen his offensive numbers decrease in each of the past three seasons.  After a nine goal and 36  point first-full year with the Flyers, his numbers have dropped to seven and 28 in 2008-09, and five and 19 in 2009-10.  Last season, the Shaunavon, Saskatchewan-native notched two goals, 16 points, 53 PIMs, but was a +15.  

In 341 contests with the Orange-and-Black, the longest-tenured Flyer has scored 26 goals and recorded 105 points, while racking up 294 PIMs.  In 54 playoff games, Coburn has scored twice, while recording 16 points and 49 PIMs.

Thus far in 14 games this season, Coburn has recorded three assists and 19 PIMs, while posting a +1 rating.

If you have any comments or questions, you can email the author at dstrehle@nhlhotstove.com.  You can also follow him on Twitter – @David_Strehle


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