Voracek 'big part' of Flyers' future

Jakub Voracek could be celebrating a new contract with the Flyers sometime soon. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

After a summer of discontent, there was finally some positive news for the Flyers on Thursday as they signed RW Jake Voracek to a multi-year pact.

That means the top line is probably set. Voracek is expected to be on a unit with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

In that set up, the 6-foot-2, 214-pound Voracek would replace his idol, Jaromir Jagr, on the first line. Jagr signed with Dallas earlier this month.

Voracek, who turns 23 next month, was a restricted free agent who scored a career-high 18 goals last season. He signed a four-year deal for $17 million, an annual cap hit of $4.25 million.

A year ago, Voracek earned $2.25 million.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren called Voracek "a big part of our future."

Earlier this month, the Flyers struck out on trying to add free-agents Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber.

In a conference call with reporters, Voracek said spending a year with Jagr and watching his work habits was "priceless."

Voracek, who is preparing for the season by working out in Montreal, said he did not feel anxious as his contract talks dragged on.

"I was patient. We all knew what was happening with free agency," he said, referring to the Flyers' pursuit of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. "I knew I would get the opportunity to sign, and I'm happy with the tems of the deal."

A native of Kladno in the Czech Republic, Voracek was acquired in the deal that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus last year. The Flyers also received draft picks that netted Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins.

The seventh overall selection in the 2007 draft, Voracek finished third on the Flyers during last season's playoffs as he collected 10 points in 11 games.

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