The Philadelphia Flyers have inked Jakub Voracek to an eight-year, $66 million contract extension that will keep Voracek in Philadelphia until the end of the 2023-24 season. Voracek, 25, scored 22 goals and 81 points in 2014-15 and was set to become an unrestricted free agent next off-season.
Jakub Voracek won’t be hitting the free agent market next off-season.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced Thursday evening they have re-signed Voracek to an eight-year deal. While the Flyers did non initially release the terms of the deal, TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported the deal is worth $66 million, carries an annual cap hit of $8.25, and keep Voracek locked up until the 2023-24 season.
This past season, the 25-year-old winger had a career year. He started off with a bang and was the early scoring leader in the league, finishing the year with a career-high 81 points, which was good for fifth in the league. His 22 goals were also the second-highest mark of his career and the third consecutive 20-plus goal season.
After locking up Sean Couturier earlier this week, Voracek was seen as the next in line for a contract extension, and his new deal takes care of him for eight seasons. Now, the Flyers have their dynamic duo of Voracek and Claude Giroux, who scored a combined 154 points in 2014-15, under wraps until the culmination of the 2021-22 season.
The only issue is that Voracek’s deal, which will make him the 10th highest paid player in the league by cap hit, could put the Flyers under serious cap restrictions next season. As is, Philadelphia has 23 players on their roster with less than $600,000 available in cap room. Next season it will get even tighter, as the Flyers currently have 15 players locked up with $61.2 million counting against the salary cap.
That will give the Flyers and GM Ron Hextall some difficult choices going forward. Veterans like Vincent Lecavalier and R.J. Umberger will likely need to be moved out as they’re not key members of the Flyers moving forward and Hextall may also be forced to make some tough choices regarding his blueline, including possibly shipping out defenseman Mark Streit or Andrew MacDonald. Streit, 37, could be good rental for someone in 2015-16, but the Flyers may need to sacrifice their return. As for MacDonald, his play in Philadelphia this past season left something to be desired.
Most importantly, however, the Flyers now have Voracek locked up and have solidified the makings of a strong top line for the next several years. While the price tag is hefty, if Voracek keeps producing, the Flyers and their faithful won’t be complaining.