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Flyers extend Braydon Coburn for four years, $18M

Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 2:22 pm

By Brian Stubits

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed another one of their young players to an extension, reportedly agreeing with Braydon Coburn to a new four-year deal worth $18 million. This according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia.

So if those figures are facts, that would be $4.5 million annually to Coburn, a solid young defenseman. He logs a lot of minutes and really has potential to be a shutdown defenseman for many years.

Offensively speaking, he does not produce much in the way of points at all. Now in his seventh season in the league, the 26-year-old has 26 career goals. This season his only points to speak of are three assists.

It sort of makes you recoil at first, doesn't it? It seems to be along the lines of GM Paul Holmgren's contract with James van Riemsdyk he signed a short while ago, giving the up-and-comer a six-year contract for $25.5 million. It seemed -- and still does -- like an awfully generous contract from Holmgren to his player. Compared to similar players in age like Logan Couture, whose most recent deal pays him $2.875 million per season.

But considering that Coburn was making $3.2 million annually on his existing deal and was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, you see perhaps where Holmgren was coming from. Obviously he had to up the ante a touch if he wanted to lock Coburn in and take away the player's ability to test the open market.

Then you realize when you start to play the contemporary game with Coburn that a guy like Keith Ballard is making $4.2 million with the Canucks and Mike Komisarek $4.5 million with the Maple Leafs. It makes the matter just that much easier to digest.

Really, the rate for shutdown defensemen is going up by the year. Of course, you could probably say that about every position except the enforcer, but the point stands. Guys who are strong in their own end are valued players, Coburn would have likely received a contract similar to this in salary as a free agent.

Of course it means that Philly will again be working under a cap crunch this offseason, especially if the cap comes down in the next CBA.

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Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:59 am

Flyers extend Braydon Coburn for four years, $18M

Good signing, especially with Pronger and Timmonen getting long in the tooth. The money is about right, too.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:51 pm

Flyers extend Braydon Coburn for four years, $18M

Yeah,  post back in a few years when we suck you tool. 

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:41 pm

Flyers extend Braydon Coburn for four years, $18M

Flyers handing money out like its candy on halloween. In a few years when they suck ass the idiot fans over there will wonder why.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:24 pm

Flyers extend Braydon Coburn for four years, $18M

THis is a great signing, Coburn has always been over looked and has one of the best strides in the league with a great 1st pass out of the zone, has done really well stepping up in Progers absense and with the Flyers securing a young core, it looks like there only going to get better and better, and building up from the net out it a great way to do it. Congrat Coburn and great signing for the flyers.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:39 pm

Flyers extend Braydon Coburn for four years, $18M

Coburn is under-rated and under-appreciated. Glad to see the Flyers are smart enough to extend a guy who has size and skates better than 95% of the league.

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:18 pm
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