Voracek joins KHL

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Flyers forward Jake Voracek has decided to play in the KHL during the lockout. (Matt Slocum/AP file photo)

The NHL lockout is two days old and now two Flyers have joined Russia's KHL.

Jake Voracek confirmed to the Daily News on Monday that he signed a temporary contract to join HC Lev Praha, the new KHL franchise located in Prague, Czech Republic.

Voracek said he is currently in Europe and could join Lev Praha's lineup as soon as Thursday's game against Avangard Omsk.

Voracek, 23, is one of the Czech Republic's most recognizable players in his home country.

Rather than use a standing offer to join HC Kladno, the team owned by former teammate and close friend Jaromir Jagr in his hometown, Voracek took an attractive offer to join the KHL, which is widely believed to be the second-best league in the world. Prague, the Czech Republic's cosmopolitan capital city, is located just 20 miles west of Voracek's hometown of Kladno.

Voracek originally said on Sunday that he wasn't sure whether he would sign to play in Europe, based on insurance costs. It is indeed possible that HC Lev Praha agreed to pay for Voracek's insurance policy.

NHL players are limited to making no more than 65 percent of their yearly salary in the KHL. Voracek met the KHL's stringent policy for temporary players, since he has represented the Czech Republic recently as a national player and has played more than 150 career NHL games.

Voracek signed a 4-year, $17 million extension with the Flyers this summer after scoring a career-high 18 goals in his first season with the team.

He will join former NHL players Marcel Hossa, Erik Christensen, Alexandre Picard, Jaroslav Svoboda, Lubos Bartecko, Jakub Klepis, Michal Repik and Jiri Novotny on the HC Lev Praha roster.

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