Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flyers re-sign Voracek

After wading through the turbulent waters of free agency, the Flyers settled down and re-signed restricted free agent forward Jakub Voracek on Thursday.

"We are happy to have Jake under contract and look forward to him being a big part of our future," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

Voracek, acquired in the Jeff Carter deal from Columbus on June 23, 2011, totaled a career-high 18 goals to go with 49 points in 78 regular-season games last year. He added two goals and 10 points in 11 postseason appearances, including the OT winner in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Pittsburgh.

Multiple reports earlier in the day stated the deal is worth $17 million over four years, leaving a cap hit of $4.25 million for the duration.

The native of Kladno, Czech Republic (also the hometown of the departed Jaromir Jagr) looks to get a shot at playing on the top line now that his countryman and mentor has landed in Dallas.

“To be around him all year long and to watch what he does before the games, after games and during practice was something priceless,” Voracek said of Jagr's influence last season. “It is good where he is at right now. He obviously helped me a lot and to be around him, I thank him for that and wish him the best of luck."

The seventh-overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets has totaled 57 goals and 183 points in 319 games over four NHL seasons.
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