Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Flyers extend D Coburn

By Bob Herpen
The Phanatic Magazine

The Philadelphia Flyers granted defenseman Braydon Coburn a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday.

"Braydon is a good young defenseman that we believe will continue to get better," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the extension will last two years and is worth $2.6 million, paid out over the next two seasons as $1.2 million and $1.4 million, respectively. The salary cap hit to the club will be $746,100.

Coburn, 22, has eight assists in 23 games for the Flyers this season. The young blueliner came to Philadelphia in a February 24, 2007 trade from Atlanta for veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder from Calgary, Alberta was the eighth-overall pick of the Thrashers in 2003. He has recorded three goals and 12 assists in 43 games for Philadelphia, and registered three goals and 20 points in 81 career games over parts of three seasons with the Thrashers and Flyers.

"It feels good, absolutely," Coburn said. "This really was not planned. The Flyers just contacted my agent and said that they were interested in getting a deal done right now and so that is what we did. I'm excited."

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