THE TIMONEN & COBURN TRADES (February & March)
The 2015 Trade Deadline saw two veteran Flyers moved after years of service to the organization. The result was a deal that greatly benefitted three organizations.
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired a veteran voice and experience in Kimmo Timonen on Feb. 27, which helped them capture their third Stanley Cup in the last six seasons. The Tampa Bay Lightning got Braydon Coburn, who was a big presence, logged plenty of important minutes and strengthened a Lightning defense that made it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 11 years.
The Flyers received valuable draft picks at good positions in a deep draft which gives them key pieces to their future, as well as a gritty, ultra competitive defenseman in return.
For Timonen, who spent eight seasons in Orange & Black and won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman five times, the Flyers acquired a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, which turned out to a second rounder as well thanks to the Hawks winning the Cup.
Coburn, who spent nine seasons with the Flyers, was moved in the early morning hours of Mar. 2. The Flyers received Czech blue liner, Radko Gudas, from the Lightning, and not one, but two draft picks in return - Tampa’s 1st and 3rd-round picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The Flyers used those picks, in a series of moves (see below for more that), to acquire Travis Konecny at 24th overall, while the third round pick from the Lightning was used to draft goaltender Matej Tomek at 90th overall.
The draft position for the final pick they received in the Timonen deal in next year’s draft has yet to be determined, but will give the Flyers an additional selection in the second round.