Flyers extend defenceman Coburn, add Meszaros from Tampa Bay to bolster defence

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenceman Braydon Coburn to a contract extension and acquired defenceman Andrej Meszaros from Tampa Bay.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced the trade and Coburn’s two-year contract extension Thursday.

Coburn tallied five goals and 14 assists last year for the Flyers, while Meszaros had six goals and 11 assists with the Lightning.

The Flyers gave up a second-round pick in the 2012 draft for Meszaros, who has 33 points in two NHL seasons. Holmgren says Meszaros is durable and can play in all situations.

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Philadelphia also announced the signing of veteran defenceman Sean O’Donnell to a one-year contract. He had 15 points (3-12) in 78 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season.

The Flyers also signed veteran forward Jody Shelley to a three-year deal. He split last season between the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers.