Following missing out on three big name free agents in Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber the Flyers inked one of their own. Philadelphia Flyers General Manager, Paul Holmgren announced the signing of forward Jakub Voracek to a multi-year contract. Holmgren stated, “We are happy to have Jake under contract and look forward to him being a big part of our future”, following the signing of the 22 year old winger.
Voracek signed a four-year, $17 million deal making him the second highest paid forward on the Flyers roster behind Danny Briere. His yearly cap hit will be $4.25 million, the same cap hit Holmgren gave former Flyer, James Van Riemsdyk before trading him to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Voracek was a restricted free agent entering the off-season and will be an unrestricted free agent after playing out his new deal.
In his first year with Philadelphia, Voracek netted a career high 18 goals along with 31 assists. He played alongside Danny Briere and Sean Couturier for the majority of the regular season and earned time on the first power play unit in both the regular season and playoffs.
Voracek will likely play on the first line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, a line Holmgren envisioned. During a conference call with the media on Wednesday Holmgren said, “We envision Jake playing with Claude [Giroux] next year so, that’s the way we look at it, so I don’t see that as a big hole.”
The Flyers now have their 23 man roster set for training camp, but they could be looking to add another piece to the puzzle. Shane Doan would be a great fit in the city of brotherly love, but he has stated he would like to remain with the Phoenix Coyotes. Former Flyer, Mike Knuble could also be an option for Paul Holmgren. Knuble has not received any offers thus-far according to Comcast Sportsnet Washington and could fill in on the third or fourth line.