The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have agreed to terms with 6’2”, 214-lb right wing Jakub Voracek on a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Voracek (25, 8/15/1989) completed his seventh NHL season in 2014-15 and led the Flyers with 81 points and 59 assists; his 22 goals ranked third on the team. His 59 assists ranked second among all NHL players, while his 81 points tied for fourth-best in the NHL. He also posted new career highs in points (81), assists (59), power-play goals (11), power-play points (33), game-winning goals (tied – 3) and penalty minutes (78).
He was awarded the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the team’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in his Flyers career (2012-13) and was named to the NHL’s postseason First All-Star Team becoming the first Flyers to earn an NHL postseason All-Star honor since the 2000-01 season (G – Roman Cechmanek, 2nd Team All-Star) and the first time a Flyer earned First Team All-Star since the 1997-98 season (LW – John LeClair).
A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, Voracek was named captain of the Czech team in the 2015 World Championships, where he led the team with 10 points (3g-7a) in 10 games, which was also a career high for him in international play.
Voracek was acquired by the Flyers on June 23, 2011 from the Columbus Blue Jackets along with the Blue Jackets’ first round pick at eighth overall (Sean Couturier) and third-round pick at 68th overall (Nick Cousins).
The HockeyFanLand Insight:
Voracek proved for one season he could be an elite player in the National Hockey League, and the Philadelphia Flyers immediately doubled his salary. Some of the contracts signed this off-season have left my head spinning; Voracek will be paid north of $8 million. The pressure to perform will be at an all-time high for Voracek.
To put it simply, if you do not continue to improve on last year’s numbers, this will be yet another long-term contract the Philadelphia Flyers will regret. The club is banking on the fact that Voracek’s breakout season was not a fluke. Only time will tell if that is the case…. My initial impression of the deal is that it is a massive overpayment.