By Lewis Gould
You can never depend on getting the truth from the flim-flam Flyers.
When defenseman Braydon Coburn hurt his foot opening night in Boston, the first word was that he would be out for a extended period of time.
Then, the team announced that X-rays were positive and that he would only be out a few days.
Now, with the Flyers scheduled to play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, Coburn is still not back — two weeks after the injury.
Flyers coach Craig Berube took a good look at Coburn during last Saturday’s morning skate in Dallas and liked what he saw.
Coburn seemed to be moving around like he’s healthy.
Although he’s feeling better, Coburn doesn’t feel he’s quite ready to play tonight against the Stanley Cup finalist Hawks..
“I’m seeing enough for him to play, but the player has to feel like he is ready to play,” Berube said.
Berube says the call not to play Coburn was “both of our decisions. A lot of times, I go off what they are telling me. You don’t want to put a guy in who is not ready to play. There is no reason for it. You’re not going to get the best game out of him that way.”
Injured in the Flyers’ Oct. 8 season opener, Coburn has been practicing since Wednesday.
“Every day’s felt better (but) I was getting the feeling (Friday that) I might need a couple more days just based on some of the skating and maneuvering things I was doing,” Coburn said. “I didn’t want to put myself in a position to get hurt again.”