Friday, February 12, 2016

Coburn given contract extension; Pronger in lineup

TAMPA _ Defenseman Braydon Coburn and the Flyers agreed to a four-year contract extension Wednesday that will pay him $18 million, a $4.5 million yearly cap hit.

Coburn given contract extension; Pronger in lineup


  TAMPA _ Defenseman  Braydon Coburn and the Flyers agreed to a four-year contract extension Wednesday that will pay him $18 million, a $4.5 million yearly cap hit.

   He currently has a $3.2 million cap hit.

   Coburn, 26, could have been an unrestricted free agent after this season.

   Coburn's wife, Nadine, gave birth to a daughter, Rory, in October.

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   "I hit the jackpot," Coburn said of recent developments.

   In 14 games this season, Coburn has three assists and is plus-1. He is the longest-tenured Flyer on the roster.

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   Chris Pronger, who has missed six games with an eye injury, will be in the lineup Wednesday night in Tampa.

    The Flyers have only six defensemen on the trip. Erik Gustafsson, who was plus-6 in his last game against Columbus, did not make the trip because he is bothered by an apparent wrist injury.

   Gustafsson's injury is not serious, and there is a chance he could play later in the trip, a team source said.

   Later in the week, Gustafsson, Brayden Schenn and Blair Betts will join the Flyers in Naples to take part in their bonding trip.

  In tonight's game, the defensive pairings figure to look like this: Pronger-Matt Carle; Coburn-Kimmo Timonen; Andreas Lilja-Andrej Meszaros.

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   Tonight's 7:30 p.m. game matches two of the NHL's best players, Claude Giroux (19 points, nine goals) and the Lightning's Steven Stamkos (15 points, 10 goals).

  Tampa will be without key defensemen Victor Hedman and Mattias Ohlund. Both are injured..


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