The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed winger Jakub Voracek to an eight-year, $66-million contract extention.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Voracek’s new deal, which begins in 2016-17, is worth an average cap hit of $8.25 million. Full details of the salary breakdown have yet to be disclosed. It’s a significant raise over the $4.25 million annually Voracek’s earning on his current contract, which has a year remaining.
This is the second significant signing this week by the Flyers, having re-signed center Sean Couturier on Tuesday. The deal puts him just under team captain Claude Giroux’s $8.275 million annual salary.
Considering Voracek turns 26 in August and is entering his playing prime, it’s little wonder the Flyers have invested heavily in him. He received this deal after his breakout performance in 2015-16, when he led the Flyers in scoring, was named to the NHL’s First All-Star team and finished among the league’s leading scorers.
Philly.com’s Jeff Neiburg reports no other winger has more assists than Voracek over the past three seasons while ranking third in points behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel. Voracek is earning the league average for top offensive wingers, as Kessel and Anaheim’s Corey Perry earn comparable salaries.
Voracek’s new contract will take a big bite out of the Flyers’ cap space in 2016-17. Combined with Couturier’s deal, the Flyers have over $59 million invested in 15 players.. Barring an major increase in the salary cap next summer, the Flyers will once again be scrambling to shed salary in the offseason.