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Colaiacovo ready to play

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Most Flyers took the day off on Sunday to rest and get away from the rink after three games in a five day span.

Not the newest Flyer.

Carlo Colaiacovo spent all day Sunday planning and preparing to make his season debut in a Flyer uniform.

“I feel great. I’m really excited and really looking forward to getting back in there tomorrow,” said Colaiacovo following Monday’s practice. “For me it’s not so much getting into X’s and O’s tomorrow it’s about keeping it simple, playing my game and moving the puck.”

Although he joined the team in Florida, he watched the team from the press box while practicing and getting into game shape. Flyers fans will get to see plenty of Colaiacovo beginning Tuesday, when the team opens up a four-game homestand at the Wells Fargo Center when they face off against the Edmonton Oilers (7pm - CSN & 97.5 The Fanatic).

It will be his first game action since Apr. 13 of last season, when he played for the St. Louis Blues. It was one of 25 games he appeared in last year, averaging just over 15 minutes per game, compared to the last few years when he was an 18-19 minute per game player with the Red Wings and Blues.

As for d-pairing, Colaiacovo spent most of Monday’s practice paired with Luke Schenn. Not that it’s necessary, but there is some familiarity with the pairing. Colaiacovo was teammates with Schenn for a few months while they were both with the Toronto Maple Leafs during Schenn’s rookie year in 2008-09.

“He has yet to play this year, but he looks good in practice and he’s been skating a lot so we’ll just try to help each other out as much as possible,” said Schenn. “That should make for an easier transition.”

Over the last couple of years he’s been able to jump into line-ups and hasn’t had any issues with developing a comfort level with his playing partners, mostly because communication is something he constantly preaches.

“I’ve played with a ton of partners in the past and the biggest thing with new guys is having a great level of communication on the ice, always talking and helping each other out, off the ice and on the bench,” added Colaiacovo. “I think if you have a strong communication level you can play with anybody.”

“Coli’s a vocal guy and I think that’s good,” said head coach Craig Berube. “I think they suit each other well. Coli likes to get up ice and make plays. We talked before about pairing a puck-mover with a defensive guy.”

Braydon Coburn
took to the ice for the first time since it was announced on Oct. 24 that he, and defenseman Andrew MacDonald, would miss approximately four weeks with a lower-body injury.

Coburn went out early to skate with a few players before practice officially started. He then joined in with the entire team for a brief period of time and left once contact drills began.

“It felt good to get back in there and ease into it… That was part of the plan,” said Coburn on his practice time. “It was good to get the warm-up in and see how it reacts and we’ll go from there into tomorrow.”

Coburn has not played since opening night in Boston when he appeared in 27 shifts, and over 20 minutes of ice time and recorded three shots on goal.

He was practicing with the team in mid-October while they went on a road swing through Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh, but suffered a set back that has kept him off the ice until today.

MacDonald is also still on the mend. He is sidelined with his lower-body injury and did not skate with the team.

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