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Flyers sign Jakub Voracek to four-year, $17 million deal

Jul 26, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

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The Flyers won’t be worrying about fighting off any offer sheets for Jakub Voracek.

The team announced they’ve signed their restricted free agent to a four-year, $17 million deal to keep him in Philly. As Sarah Baicker of hears it from Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, they’re thinking Voracek will have a bigger role next season.

“We’ve kind of envisioned Jake playing with Claude [Giroux] next year,” Holmgren said. “That’s the way we look at it.”

Voracek spent last year playing on the second line with Danny Briere, but now with Jaromir Jagr off to Dallas, the top line has a hole to fill and Claude Giroux could help Voracek break out in a big way. He scored 18 goals and had 49 points last season, but with more minutes and playing alongside Giroux, those numbers could jump in a big way.

Now the Flyers will turn their attention once again to free agent Shane Doan and see if he’ll decide to leave Phoenix. If he does, Philly will be hot after him.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Love it… I would have tried a 6 year 4 mill a year deal but he is great.

    I dont know if he will work well with giroux since they are too similar though

    • dsd3 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      He’s really not all that similar to Giroux.

      • soupcanxtrabeefy - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        He’s no soup can. STAY THICK

  2. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    this is the best news i hear all day. philthi wasting more money on a hack. they are just setting themselves up for the 38th dissapointing year in a row. haha love it! SCA

  3. silversun60 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    They had to get him signed before the new “Ginger Limit” in the CBA. Him and Hartnell put them up against the limit…

    • biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      His beard is ginger, but his head hair is blond

      • silversun60 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Either way he has no soul.

      • girouxsmonsterrod - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        According to South Park I believe that having the ginger-beard-only characteristic is referred to as a ‘Daywalker’

        And Im thrilled with the contract!

  4. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Earl peacock. The man with 1000 names


  5. chaseutley - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Get in your nickname ideas for the Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek line now!
    Mine? ‘The Red Menace’

    • joebuckiscreepy - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      When they score, you can say the other team should have got the HGV vaccine. Boom.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      The Red Line.

  6. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Another no talent waste of cap space, good job. It’s no wonder that city is full of losers, they cant quit signing them.

    • dsd3 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM


  7. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM



    • silversun60 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      OMFG I love using Acronyms! LOL!

      BRB… I have to go get your prize for winning the internets

      • Eberwizzle - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        have to agree…they’re for teenage schoolgirls

  8. sanduskysextapes - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    The used tampon line is now complete. 3 Soulless Gingers on one line should be illegal. Tv ratings will suffer if the world has to look at these creatures for too long. This firebush army is clearly just another cheap imitation of The Soupcan Army. Stay smelly Filthy

    • joebuckiscreepy - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      sweet life, bro.

      • seahawks19081 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        When you are 40 and still live with mommy and daddy what else is there to do but make up screen names and rip the Flyers. Dude is a douche, plain and simple.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        I’m sorry, but “HGV vaccine” is just as creepy and sick as anything that colossal SCA d-bag has ever posted, which is actually kind of amazing.

  9. dipthatchip - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    good signing. I don’t think they’re overpaying at all.

    IP bans are needed in the worst way, %#@* get on this PHT

    • biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      its only a bunch of Pens fans still upset over what happened in the playoffs (you have to remember, these same fans were arguing that this Pens team was better than the Oilers dynasty)

      • handsofsweed - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        You still haven’t figured out that it’s only one demented freak with 1000 accounts, have you?

        And, this is a REALLY good signing for you guys, I must say. Now stay away from Doan!

      • sizzle299 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        All the respectable Pens fans know enough to dial it back a notch after what happened to them in the regular season and playoffs at the hands of the Flyers. .. save but one.

        I do think there is a major degree of actual retardation here, which is kind of depressing. Pick up a paint brush and make some retarded art.

    • cleverbob - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      It’s annoying that there can’t be a single Flyers story without this clown with 1000 names going full retard. Best to just ignore him entirely and keep pestering PHT via the feedback button to remove him. Giving him a thumbs down just gets him more excited.

  10. pithockey - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    They can’t afford Doan they only have 3.5 mil in cap left

    • biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      they can go over 7M above the cap in the summer, then put Pronger on LTIR during the start of the season, freeing up 5M.

  11. andyreidisfat - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Wow nice comments. I hate to break chain here and something intelligent, but, i have no witty behind my screen talk.

    Jake could be a great player if he ever learns to shoot the puck. I am hoping playing with Giroux will mean he has to shoot the puck more and pass less. The guy has 35 goal talent but he just loves setting guys up to much. I won’t be shocked, if he does play on the first line ( though i am not sold he will as i think Schenn may win that slot in camp) If he does score 30 or more.

    • silversun60 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      The ironic part in your first paragraph is that your screen name is “andyreidisfat”.

    • mattj2524 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Couldn’t agree more – Jake has a very similar skill set to Claude, and while Claude could make just about anyone better just by being on a line with him, I have to think Schenn is the best fit for this line. The physicality that he and Scottie would bring to that forecheck, in addition to the scoring touch he seemed to find towards the last few weeks of the regular season leading into the post season, seem to really make him an ideal fit for that 3rd spot on the top line.

      That being said, I think the Flyers are grooming him to become a centerman – Claude, Schenn, Couts, and Talbot would be the centers 1-4, with Briere playing a wing on Schenn’s line. But they might want to put Briere back @ the center position, put Jake and Read there with him, and let Schenn move to the wing with Claude. This would also alleviate any issue that might arise should Claude have more wrist issues in the faceoff dot, as Schenn could take these draws, rather than having to worry about putting Scottie in that position going foward.

      Good think for Lavy – there are plenty of options here.

      • sizzle299 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

        Schenn needs to prove it first, and I would like it if he did.

        Lavy makes you earn it- which makes him talking about Jake on the g-line 2.0 uncharacteristic of him.

  12. dkphilly1122 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Pittsburgh fans still are bitter over the first round ass whooping by the Flyers. Gotta love it. They “hate” our Flyers, yet have plenty of time to read Flyer’s articles and comment. Go figure. Stay classless Pittsburgh fans. Great signing by Homer. Jake and G together is gonna be sickening to watch. The haters will hate away on them, but what else do you expect?? They’re mostly Pen fans. I’d be bitter too if I had to live in Pittsburgh, the second city in PA behind Philly. What’s Pittsburgh even famous for, besides cry baby Sid. the rest of the Pens and Steel…….anything important?? Guys making 1000’s of names to hate on the Flyers??

    • seahawks19081 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Don’t forget Rapelesberger.

      • claysbar - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Last I checked there is only one starting QB that play for an NFL team that has been convicted….woof woof

      • claysbar - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        in PA, sorry

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        only because you can’t pay off the victims of a dog fighting ring like you can in a sexual offense trial.

      • sizzle299 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        There is enough room in the state for more than one piece of s%*t, very good back and forth though.

  13. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    well everyone knows lemieux was better than gretzky

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      by what metric? It’s not goals, assists, points, cups, or really anything else other than homerism that would make someone think Lemieux is a superior player to Gretzky. Lemiuex is the second best center ever to play in the NHL. The only other guy in the conversation is Kharmalov. He played when Pittsburgh didn’t have a superstar so I’ll wait while you look him up.

  14. phillyphever - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Finally, it’s done. Honestly, unless Doan is willing to take a 2 year deal, pass on him Homer. That 35+ thing scares the daylights out of me if he gets hurt.

    Oh and to the soupcan child: you remind me of a certain moron on ESPN. But I doubt it’s the same person.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Don’t sell him so short. He has A LOT of extra time on his hands.

  15. filthadelphiadivers - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Pens fans upset about last year? LOL. I think all you filthy fans are upset about the last 37 years. Flyers 1975

    • wakegoalie27 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      I think you are just a moron with nothing else to do but troll the Internet.

    • holeecowman - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      woo hoo i love these 1975 remarks you must be part of 6-7 yr old fan base how many times has the leagues saved your sorry team from moving due to lack of fan support and bankruptcies
      just remember flyer wiped the ice with your poor little ice chickens in the regular season and in the ugly first round what are you gonna do when cindy has another injury and cant return
      go flyers

  16. wakegoalie27 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    This is a great signing! I agree with the poster that said he needs to shoot more! G and voracek is a nasty duo of up and comin forwards.

    The best part of this signing is he is relatively cheap for the amount of potential he displays. He will exceed last seasons numbers. My only concern with the flyers is no solid #1 defensemen. Bryzgalov will have a bounce back season.

  17. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    the only 2 things philthadelphias famous for is losing out on the.cup.for 37 years and will smith. pathetic loses.

    • holeecowman - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      just a 37 yr cup draught and will smith ok sounds like somebody needs to come out from mommies basement theres def more national history here than pitt what some polio vaccine whopty and steel oh no but didnt i read just a short while ago theres a new leader in steel now and its not pitt just goes to show ya so hold on to your past because obviously pitt fans do that best

  18. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    BJphillys just jealous that PGH is obviously the city of champs, Fhilly is full of crack smokin hood rats and chinese illegals, just a shame that its been since 75 since u celebrated anything relavent. Soup can army strong, choke on it b!tch

    • holeecowman - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      shut up you idiot smh wow i cant believe how dumb pitt is lmao dont you know the whole soup can army refers to pitt so dont try that stuff here

      • earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        who the hell do you think you are giving the soup can army lip like that. You havent won anything in 37 years to talk with balls little kid. step off of the army brah or feel the wrath our soupy squirting members. SCA

  19. wakegoalie27 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Must be forgetting that 08 world series huh champ?

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      It’s as relevant as the Pens last Cup…and as recent.

  20. georgia166 - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    this signing is hooo hummmmmmmm

  21. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    you philthy fans only wish there was one person in soup can army but you know there isnt. we come in waves in support of our soupy saviors jock. and the only thing irrelevant to the nhl is your losing ass philthy scumbag team that cant quite seem to get the job done… Hahahahaha that must be awful if ur younger than 37. how does it feel to know youll never experience a stanley cup in your city for the rest of your lives? must be tough but the army knows nothing about that. Hahahahahah From PAs sports city – suck it wanna be penguins

  22. holeecowman - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    i cant believe these ice chicken fans are they are still butt hurt about the 1st rd wow just wow it stings that much poor babies go ask cindy if he can spare a baba and some diapers and maybe hell let you play with his toys last i heard hetill in the mine stage

    • earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      i cant even understand what you wrote you retard. i guess that giant fart cloud that hovers over philthy is giving you bandwagoners brain damage…

  23. bag217 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Please don’t feed the trolls.

  24. orangerush22 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    As much as I like this signing I’m not sure if he’s going to fit well with Claude, not doubting Jakubs ability in anyway, it will be interesting to see what actually comes about the flyers lines this year. I’m fully expecting b .schenn to be on the second line. But a of now were going to Just have to sit back and see what Laviolette and holmgram come up with.

  25. sizzle299 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Like the signing. He proved a lot and there is clearly a lot of potential. And at the very least he can take a monster hit and come back in a few games. Unlike like CERTAIN players who get bumped in the groin by their own player and sit out the rest of the season!!!!!!!!!

  26. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

  27. dkphilly1122 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Haha Sizzle, amen to that. As far as people saying G and Jake won’t be good together, you’re nuts. Jake’s a puck controller and has amazing puck handling skills and passing skills. Giroux has it all, but could thrive and look that much better, if that’s possible, with a good passing winger to set him up even more and use his speed more. I think they’ll compliment each other great, along with Hartsy too. Jake and G together will be awesome. There other lines will be nice too with Schenn, Cooter, Briere, Simmer, Max, Wellwood, Read, and Harry Z……

  28. cosmoandmelovepens - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    That’s just ridickulous Earl

  29. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    u kno u believe in the SCA too! join the rev my friend!

  30. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I already placed my SCA shirt order, thanks for the sweetass link earl ! I got mine in XL, the same size as soup can sids meaty member. Isnt it a shame how theres always a shortage on Magnum Deluxe rubbers when sids in town slaying all the hot poonage?

  31. gordonbombay135 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Dude honestly…..what’s with the genital thing? All your names and statements are about the penguins players junk. You need to stop focusing on between the legs and not being arrogant. It’s a good sign by the flyers that’s it.

  32. cosmoandmelovepens - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I love the pens so I honestly don’t care what Earl says , because I find some of the things he says hilarious. sorry everybody else.

  33. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Dude, honestly dude, how could one deny the raw power and strength of soup can sids manhood that sways back and forth like a girthy redwood tree in a slight breeze as he flys up and down the ice?! Dude, honestly dude, time for u to wake up and realize that soup can is the messiah.

  34. gordonbombay135 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    If I were tim Thomas I’d tell you who the real messiah is but I’m not. I’d also tell you weird it is to obsessed with other men’s genitals as you are

  35. govtminion - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Remember back in the day when PHT said they were going to get rid of troll accounts?

    They must have forgotten to actually do it.

  36. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    U cant deny the power and awe of @soupcanarmy. The longer u deny it, the smaller ur member gets.

  37. bleed4philly - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I can’t see doan being a flyer, if anything, homer will drive up the price for him just like he did with parise, suter, and weber.

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