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Several years from now, this week might be remembered as one that shaped the future of the Flyers franchise and hopefully paved the way for several years of contention. Just two days after agreeing to a 6 year contract with Sean Couturier, the Flyers announced that they’ve signed Jakub Voracek for 8 more years. The contract will reportedly pay Voracek 66 million dollars over 8 years.
Lets give some more Quick Takes™
- The timing of this deal isn’t surprising in the least. Talks had reportedly been ongoing since the beginning of the summer, and the Sean Couturier extension made it clear that Ron Hextall wanted to lock up his important players as soon as possible.
- Voracek is worth every penny of that money. The 8.25 million dollar AAV is right in the neighborhood of what most people expected him to get. Vladimir Tarasenko’s contract carried an AAV of 7.5 million, but also covered 4 ‘RFA’ years. Assuming that helped to set the market value for wingers, you would have been absolutely crazy to think that Voracek would get any less than 8 as a UFA.
- Per Hockey’s Cap, the Flyers now have $61,083,333 committed for the 2016-17 season.
- It still seems fitting that Jakub Voracek is making just slightly less than Claude Giroux.
Great week for Ron Hextall and the Flyers. With two of the best younger players on the team now signed long term, the future of the franchise is starting to fall into place.