Flyers Shopping Braydon Coburn; It's A Big Mistake
No one is safe on the Flyers roster it seems.
Two players have already been bought-out, a handful of prospects have been named in trade rumors, and now, Braydon Coburn could be trade bait. Reportedly, the Flyers are offering Braydon Coburn up via trade, and Edmonton and Carolina are reportedly interested.
Coburn is entering the second year of a four-year, $18 million deal.
It's to no surprise that teams would be interested in the 6'5" defenseman who logged the most ice time for the Flyers in 2013. Though the offensive production for Coburn has decreased the last few years, his defense has been his strongest asset as well as his ability to be a workhorse.
If the Flyers were to part with Coburn, it would further compound their already apparent problem at the blue line. Goaltending is as big of an issue as it has appeared the last few seasons because the Flyers have a poor corps of defensemen who didn't put in the work a successful goaltender required.
In a fast-paced system that head coach Peter Laviolette runs in Philadelphia, defensive-minded blueliners are a necessity in order to prevent the Flyers from getting in to high-scoring games, leaving netminders to fend for themselves.
Coburn is also the longest tenured Flyer, having been a member of the team since the 2006-07 season. He made his mark on the NHL roster when he was paired with Kimmo Timonen the following season, turning him into the top 4 defenseman he is today.
Is there a bit of bias in my opinion of Coburn? A bit, yes. Those who know me well know I've been a huge fan of Coburn since he debuted in Philadelphia.
But it's also comes from a logistic point of view, like what I stated above. Defense has been the problem for the Flyers moreso than goaltending, which is why they shouldn't further damage the unit they already have to bolster other "areas of need."
On a side note, Matt Brigidi also writes in his article linked above about Coburn:
In the event that the Flyers move Coburn, it would mark the second-consecutive season that the club decided not to retain the defenseman who logged the most average ice-time on the club. Last season, the Flyers were unable to sign Matt Carle to an extension after he led the team with 23 minutes of average ice-time a night. In 2013, Coburn led Flyers defenders with an average ice-time of 22:36.
Yes, a big mistake indeed, especially since Carle was missed big time this past season.
FLYERS INTERESTED IN HALAK -- Blues goaltender Jaraslov Halak is just another name the Flyers have been reportedly interested in.
After Jonathan Bernier came off the market after being traded to the Maple Leafs, the Flyers are looking elsewhere to find a goaltender to replace Ilya Bryzgalov.