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2013 Flyers Preview: Defensemen

The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.

With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.

One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.

Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

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.

Rimer: Danny Briere Will Be Bought Ought; Ilya Bryzgalov Will Not

The Flyers rumor mill has been churning out some good ones the past couple of days.

But now it appears there may be some truth and answers.

Josh Rimer has confirmed that the Flyers plan to buyout forward Danny Briere. As for the status of their Russian netminder, it appears that he will be in the orange and black for another season.

Rimer also confirmed that Ilya Bryzgalov will not be bought out. Rimer said that Rich Winters, Bryzgalov's agent, was told by general manager Paul Holmgren that Bryzgalov will not be bought out.

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 3: Decimated By Injuries

In sports, the phrase "injuries are part of the game" is used quite often. However, the popular phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Philadelphia Flyers during the shortened 2012-2013 regular season.

To put things into perspective, the Flyers lost 264 man games to injury or illness.

Some things were known heading into the season such the fact that defenseman Chris Pronger wouldn't see any action as he recovers from a concussion. The Flyers didn't have quite as much depth at the forward position as they did the season prior.

(Scott Hartnell. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Making Due With "Patchwork Defense"

“Patchwork” may not be the nicest word to use to describe Philadelphia’s defensive situation right now, but it is the most appropriate.

After last night’s 4-2 win at home over division rival New York, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was asked a question that was worded in a way which Laviolette had to point out.

"They probably wouldn’t like to be called that, if I was guessing," Laviolette said when asked about his “patchwork defense,” drawing some laughs from the reporters after the game.

He was quick to follow with praise for some of the guys stepping in at the most desperate of times.

(Pictured: Kimmo Timonen (left) and Luke Schenn (right) during warm-ups. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Holmgren Tells Inquirer Laviolette Will Not Get Fired

It's going to be a longer off season for the Flyers than they're used to.

Among the topics heading into the off season is the job security of head coach Peter Laviolette. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren reassured the safety of his head coach.

Via Sam Carchidi's article this morning:

"I haven't even thought along those lines," Holmgren told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the situation. We haven't had our whole team all year. I don't blame the coaches.

Flyers' Nightmare Reaches Its Conclusion

The Philadelphia Flyers' season is likely over.

After dropping a 3-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, they find themselves seven points back of the final playoff spot with eight games to go, needing a bevy of extremely unlikely circumstances to occur for them to even slide into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We have a game coming up," head coach Peter Laviolette said after the loss. "We need to win hockey games and focus on the next one."

That may be the only thing the Flyers can do—just try to win with what they have.

(Pictured: Claude Giroux during warm-ups. Photo by Candice Monhollan)

Boston Comes to Town

It's starting to look like there isn't much of a season left for the Flyers. Battered, beaten and scarred, they host one of the NHL's elite in Boston.

Coburn's Nightmare Season Likely Ends

General Manager Paul Holmgren announced on Friday that Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. With only a handful of games left in the season, this likely means his season is done.

The length of his departure all depends on the degree of his shoulder's separation, but risking further injury in a season like the one that has unfolded makes close to zero sense. Coburn's departure has promped a callup of Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen.

Originally a steal in the trade from the Atlanta Thrashers for Alexei Zhitnik back in 2007, the 28-year-old Saskatchewan native posted just five points through 33 games—a stark contrast to his 36 point season in 2007-08. His point production has sharply decreased since that point to the lowest it has ever been in his career as a Flyer by far.

(Photo from Philly.com)

Meszaros, Coburn Done For the Season With Shoulder Injuries

The Flyers found out today that the season's of Andrej Meszaros and Braydon Coburn are officially over.

Meszaros, who injured his shoulder for the second time this season, will have season-ending surgery on April 2 to repair a torn rotator cuff. Coburn will also sit out the rest of the season with a shoulder separation.

The Flyers have also been without Nicklas Grossmann for the last three games.