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Flyers busy during one-game week

Slow hockey weeks are the worst hockey weeks.

With the Flyers playing only one game between last Saturday’s 9-2 route of Columbus and tomorrow’s matinee in Sunnydale, FL against the Panthers, it was a week filled with news rather than actual hockey.

PRONGER RETURNS -- It was refreshing to see Chris Pronger back on the ice.

The captain returned to play Wednesday, protective visor and all.

In his first action in over two weeks, Pronger logged over 25 minutes of ice time in his return, the second time he passed the 25-minute mark this season. He was back to his usual post at the power play as well, in which the Flyers scored their lone goal of in their 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay

Pronger’s ice time also could have been inflated when he refused to take the puck out of the zone against Tampa’s 1-3-1 defense, creating a controversial debate over Tampa’s use of that system.

COBURN EXTENDED -- Braydon Coburn finally got his pay day, signing a four-year, $18 million extension.

Since being traded to the Flyers in 2006-07, his impact with the team was immediate when he was paired with veteran Kimmo Timonen. Timonen’s growth impacted Coburn in a positive way, making him their top defenseman under the age of 30.

PENALTIES -- The Flyers are last in the NHL in penalty minutes, averaging over 17 per game through their first 15 games.

By being exposed to the man-advantage, they are 12th in the NHL in penalty kill percentage with a 84.5 success rate.

The lack of discipline showed where it hurt the Flyers most, late in games. They took three penalties in the 3rd period of Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay, allowing the Lightning to score the game-tying goal on the power play.

DRIBS AND DRABS

-TCL’s own Mark Trible confirmed the latest rumored Winter Classic jerseys.

-Trenton Titans add former Flyers enforcer Todd Fedoruk to their bench.

-People are praising Zac Rinaldo. You did not read that wrong.