Four More Years: Flyers Extend Braydon Coburn

Four More Years: Flyers Extend Braydon Coburn

On the morning all the local precincts counted their ballots and announced who would come, go, and stay in office, the Flyers cast their vote to keep defenseman Braydon Coburn stationed on the Philadelphia blue line for another four years.

Despite being just 26, Coburn is the longest tenured Flyer currently on the roster. Tim Panaccio reports that he'll be paid $18 million over the next four seasons, with his annual cap hit increasing from $3.2 million to $4.5 million. What that means for the front office's decision-making on other pending free agents, including Matt Carle, remains to be seen.

If we learned anything this summer, it's that off-season signings are fairly unpredictable with the Flyers. Any idea we had as to the team's cap scenario in June was out the window as soon as the market opened. So it's hard to say with any certainty what today's signings and roster configurations mean to the Flyers' ability to retain free agent pieces they'll want next summer.

Still, with the team perennially close to the cap, any raises given to players who aren't elite at their positions are usually met with some degree of skepticism and worry over losing flexibility to sign or trade for new talent, or at least have some space for short-term injury needs. More than a few fans will likely bemoan this one accordingly.

What we do know is, a usually solid d-man who is neither particularly young nor anything close to old will likely be here for the foreseeable future. With Chris Pronger aging and susceptible to shot-related injuries as part of his job description and Kimmo Timonen putting more miles on a well-traveled odometer, the Flyers appear to have wanted to ensure they had a pair of sound defenders with plenty of good years ahead of them. Andrej Meszaros is also 26, and he's inked at a cap hit of $4 million per season through 2013-2014, per CapGeek.

Once considered an emerging high-end talent with offensive abilities, especially in the transition game, Coburn has largely settled into a more conventional blue line role. But, still just 26 and entering his prime, there's a solid chance he continues to mature as a player and makes his cap hit look like a bargain, which it may already be when when the next free agent period opens.

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

We love you, Dario Saric.

For you being you, and not just a significant part of the Sixers' process.

And if you don't enjoy the Croatian Sensation, you most certainly will after watching him open up during a fun game of "Quick Six" on CSN's Philly Sports Talk.

From orange juice and beer, to his gluteus and T.J. McConnell's hair, Saric discussed plenty.

The questions had him feeling all over the place. But he was terrific.

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For the full video, watch above.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.