Weight: 220 lbs.
Cap Hit: $4.5 M
1 G, 4 A, 5 pts
Coburn, 28, has been a defensive stalwart for the Flyers and has developed into a solid stay-at-home defenseman. Last season he suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 15 games. In 33 games in which he was healthy, Coburn had one goal and four assists.
One of the biggest assets of Coburn's game is his ability to play on the penalty-kill. Between Coburn and Nicklas Grossmann, the Flyers had two hulking defensemen on their top penalty-kill unit. When they Flyers went down two men, like on February 20th against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Coburn shined when called upon.
Early on in his career he was considered an offensive-minded defenseman but has adapted nicely to a defensive style. Standing at 6'5", 220 lbs. it is a good thing that Coburn isn't a soft guy on the Flyers blue line. He now must step in and play with a physical, veteran presence now that Chris Pronger will not be suiting up for the Flyers.
Coburn was the subject of numerous trade rumors this off-season as the Flyers looked to improve their squad while shedding some salary. Coburn enters his second year of his four year, $18 million contract extension that pays him an average salary of $4.5 million annually.
Coburn is now one of the go-to guys on the Flyers blue line and in the locker room. They are going to need a healthy Coburn to step up and play at a high level if the Flyers have plans on being contenders this season.
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