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Flyers' defenseman Coburn gets four-year extension

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:45 PM / News

NHL.com

The Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a multiyear contract extension.

According to CSNPhilly.com, the 26-year-old inked a four-year, $18 million extension that will carrry a cap hit of $4.5 million.

"The last couple of days, we got the deal done," Coburn told CSNPhilly.com. "I feel great that I'm going to be staying with my family in Philadelphia. I've been here a long time. I'm glad it worked out. It was a good process and it's nice to have it done so I can focus on hockey, not that I wasn't before but it's always nice to have it done. It's an honor to be part of something special like the Flyers."

Coburn has been a fixture along the Flyers back end since joining the club in February 2007. The Atlanta Thrashers dealt Coburn to the Flyers in exchange for defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. Coburn has 26 goals, 114 points and a plus-31 rating in 393 career games spanning six-plus seasons. He has three assists and a plus-1 rating in 14 games this season for the Flyers.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is glad to see Coburn's hard work rewarded with a new contract. Coburn averages 21:31 of ice time per game.

"He's a big defenseman that is able to play against the other team's better players," Laviolette said. "He's got a good head on his shoulders, he reads the play well. (Coburn and Kimmo Timonen) have been a good pair for quite a while. When you get a defenseman who is able to play all situations for you ... he provides a lot of minutes and they are usually against the top players in the league."

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game