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."