The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6’5”, 220-pound defenseman Braydon Coburn
to a multiple-year contract extension, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“Braydon is a good young defenseman that we believe will continue to get better,” said Holmgren in making the announcement.
"It feels good, absolutely,” said Coburn. “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.”
|Braydon Coburn was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Atlanta Thrashers last season. (Jack Cassidy) |
Coburn, 22, has posted eight assists and 28 penalty minutes in 23 games for the Flyers this season. Over parts of the last two seasons, Coburn has recorded three goals and 12 assists for 15 points and 44 penalty minutes in 43 games for the Flyers. He has registered three goals and 17 assists for 20 points and 78 penalty minutes in 81 career regular season NHL games over the last three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers and the Flyers. He was acquired by the Flyers from Atlanta in exchange for Alexei Zhitnik on February 24, 2007.
Over parts of three AHL seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07), he recorded seven goals and 31 assists for 38 points and 175 penalty minutes in 91 regular season games. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Coburn posted an assist and 36 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games as the Wolves advanced to the 2005 Calder Cup Finals (losing to the Philadelphia Phantoms).
Coburn was drafted by the Thrashers in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In five seasons with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (2000-01 through 2004-05), Coburn registered 29 goals and 102 assists for 131 points and 483 penalty minutes in 238 regular season games. He was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team following the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons and WHL Rookie of the Year for the 2001-02 season.