What’s Next for Philadelphia Flyers After Jakub Voracek Extension?

July 30th, 2015 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

The Philadelphia Flyers took care of business by inking top winger Jakub Voracek to an eight-year contract extension worth $66 million on Thursday, and it was a fiscally sane transaction from a team with a history of spending money on the wrong players.

The team announced the deal on Twitter, and it was confirmed by former beat writer and current TSN reporter Frank Seravalli that Voracek will carry a $8.25 million cap hit starting in 2016-17.

The deal for Voracek was a necessary one because he is one of their top offensive players, and signing him solidifies the top line for the foreseeable future.

With Voracek under contract, the Flyers can start looking at the roster with intense scrutiny, as the franchise will have to make some changes down the line to free up some cap space. Philadelphia has its top players locked up for the future, but they are going to need others to become an elite contender. Depth is certainly an important quality, as it has been the difference between what Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have achieved, and what Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin haven't.

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