TSN is reporting that Magnus Paajarvi’s name has been linked to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn, but the Flyers would prefer “a better forward” out of the Oilers system.
Some, including myself, may see the potential trade of Braydon Coburn as puzzling, seeing as defense is one of the areas Philly needs to improve on, but Coburn could help net the team a significant asset on the trade market. Coburn is a good fit for Edmonton’s needs, as he has size (6’5″, 220 pounds), a physical game, skates well, and has some ability to move the puck. On the downside, Cobourn did fall to a career-low minus-10 rating, went from 24 points in 81 games to five in 33, so it almost seemed like the Flyers weren’t going to get any help from the blueline when he was patrolling it.
Paajarvi made positive strides in 2013 to get back to becoming a regular on Edmonton’s roster. In 42 games during the lockout-shortened campaign, he recorded nine goals and 16 points. Former coach Ralph Krueger praised Paajarvi for consistently driving to the opponent’s goal with speed. If he starts to capitalize on those chances then there’s a chance that he could skate in the Oilers’ top-six group. However, he is probably better suited for a third-line role. Paajarvi spent a sizable chunk of the 2011-12 season in the minors, but he appears to be getting back on track.
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