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Flyers sign Voracek to four-year, US$17 mil. contract

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers signed Czech forward Jakub Voracek to a four-year contract worth US$17 million on Thursday.

Voracek came to Philadelphia last season in the deal that sent forward Jeff Carter to Columbus and had a big debut season in the Eastern Conference. Voracek had 18 goals and 49 points in 78 regular-season NHL games last season, and finished third on the Flyers in postseason scoring with 10 points.

“We are happy to have Jake under contract,” Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren said, “and look forward to him being a big part of our future.”

Across four seasons in the NHL, Voracek has 57 goals and 183 points in 319 regular-season games. He has played in just 15 postseason games, 11 of them with Philadelphia last season. His salary cap will be US$4.25 million, annually.

Voracek is one of the key cogs up front that Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette would like to build around. He was one of seven Flyers to sore at least 18 goals last season, and all but one — forward Jaromir Jagr, who signed with Dallas — will be back next season.

The Flyers snared the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. They defeated Pittsburgh in Round 1 in six games, before bowing out to New Jersey in five. It was the second straight season in which Philadelphia exited in Round 2.

“We envision Jake playing with (leading scorer) Claude (Giroux) next year,” Holmgren said. “That's the way we look at it.”

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This April 11 file photo shows Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, of Czech Republic, celebrating his overtime goal during Game 1 of an opening-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Flyers signed Voracek to a multiyear contract extension on Thursday, July 26. (AP)

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