October 20, 2014 |
DALLAS - Braydon Coburn, one of the Flyers' top-pair defensemen, missed his fourth straight game Saturday night and said his goal was to play Tuesday in Chicago. Nick Schultz was in the lineup Saturday in Dallas. Following Saturday's morning skate, Coburn said he had his best practice since being sidelined by a left foot injury in the opener in Boston. "Every day I'm getting closer to where I want to be," he said. "He's not ready himself," coach Craig Berube said. "I'm seeing enough for him to play, but the player has to feel like he is ready to play.
October 17, 2014 |
The goals-allowed numbers don't lie: The Flyers have missed defenseman Braydon Coburn, contributing to their 0-2-2 start. And, so, yes, his return to practice Wednesday was a positive development. "Obviously he plays in a lot of key situations and some big minutes," Andrew MacDonald, Coburn's defensive partner, said after practice in Voorhees. ". . . It's great to see him back out there. It looks like he's skating well, and he'll be a big help. " After playing in a 2-1 opening-night loss in Boston on Oct. 8, Coburn missed the next three games with an undisclosed injury.
October 10, 2014 |
FOG WAS billowing out of the Zamboni entrance, with the Wells Fargo Center's new lighting system on display, as each Flyer skated out to a raucous introduction. Through all the pomp and circumstance of the home opener, the Flyers' longest-tenured player was conspicuously absent. Braydon Coburn, wearing a suit, was standing at the edge of the bench gripping crutches. Coburn, 29, sat out what would have been his eighth home opener with the team with an undisclosed "lower-body injury.
May 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - There were no Flyers fans sitting along the glass for Dan Carcillo to gloat in front of on Wednesday night. Instead, it was a jubilant Madison Square Garden crowd ignited by Carcillo's go-ahead goal. The Rangers tough guy spent three seasons wearing a Flyers sweater before the team let him go, failing to tender him a qualifying offer. Carcillo scored the first goal in New York's 2-1 victory over the Flyers in Game 7. "Whether it's the Flyers or any other team, it's nice to be able to contribute offensively and bring energy," Carcillo said.
April 29, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn is the type of player who draws little notice with his consistent play that is fundamental but not flashy. In Sunday's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Coburn was in the spotlight and would have preferred much less attention. Coming off his best playoff game in Friday's 2-1 win, Coburn took a step backward in the defeat, which left the Flyers trailing in the series, three games to two. Coburn was minus-2 for the game.
September 27, 2013 |
RUMORS WERE flying this summer, whispers that the Flyers' longest-tenured player might be on the move. Braydon Coburn wasn't listening. He had bigger things to worry about. His hometown was underwater. Days before the NHL draft in New Jersey on June 28, Coburn spent the good majority of his time hauling garbage and helping friends, neighbors and family members clean up from the devastating floods in Calgary, Alberta, which displaced nearly 100,000 people. Luckily, Coburn's own offseason home west of downtown Calgary was not impacted, but others weren't so lucky.
March 19, 2013 |
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen, called "the little engine that could" by teammate Scott Hartnell, will reach a milestone Monday night and the Flyers will be (yes, you've heard this before) in desperation mode when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fact is, every game is critical for the 11th-place Flyers, who are four points behind Carolina for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 19 games to play. "This is huge. It's points we can't blow away," Hartnell said after a spirited, 1 hour, 15-minute practice Sunday in Voorhees.
March 15, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - After every goal pumped behind Ilya Bryzgalov, the 17,625 Devil worshipers inside Prudential Center chanted "Flyers Suck!" in unison while pointing toward the dejected Philadelphia bench. They weren't lying. By the fifth goal, maybe the Flyers were even believing it. It took only 122 seconds into what was billed as a "must-win" game for Andrej Meszaros to be haplessly pickpocketed behind the Flyers' net, setting the tone for what ultimately ended up as a lifeless, 5-2 shellacking.
February 12, 2013 |
HE HAS BEEN in Philadelphia longer than Kimmo Timonen. Longer than Danny Briere, too, and Scott Hartnell. Take it further, Braydon Coburn's tenure here exceeds Doc Halladay's and Cliff Lee's and Shady McCoy's and, well, pretty much every pro athlete in this town save the thirtysomethings who still make up the core of the Phillies. He is in his seventh season as a Philadelphia Flyer, Coburn is, and it seems finally, that we may be warming to him. Still only 27 years old, he is no longer the defenseman fans dread seeing out there in a big moment, is no longer the defenseman that he himself described the other day as "a skate-as-fast-as-I-can-all-over-the-place kind of cowboy.
January 20, 2013 |
At first glance, the Flyers SkateZone dressing room looks as if it were designed by Jonathan Swift. A grouping of little guys straight ahead, a row of big fellas enveloping Kimmo Timonen along the left wall. Kimmo doesn't mind. Anyone who remembers what it looked like for him at times last year, with Chris Pronger on the shelf and Nicklas Grossmann injured and Luke Schenn playing in Toronto, can understand why. Timonen is one of the most smart, positionally sound, puck-handling defensemen to play the game, but there were times last year, because of injuries, when double shifts and unfavorable size matchups exhausted him, diminished his effectiveness and, well, made him look old. Timonen is listed generously as 5-10, 194 pounds.