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Jakub Voracek

Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal


After two strong seasons, Jakub Voracek firmly established himself as a top-tier forward in 2014-15 and now he’s going to get paid like one.

The Philadelphia Flyers have inked Voracek to an eight-year, $66 million contract extension, per the Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli. He still has a season left on his four-year, $17 million deal, so that means he’ll carry a $8.25 million annual cap hit starting in 2016-17 and through the 2023-24 campaign.

The 25-year-old forward (26 on Aug. 15), had 22 goals and a career-high 81 points in 82 games last season. That’s after he recorded 108 points in 130 contests over his previous two campaigns.

He was originally acquired in 2011 from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Jeff Carter trade. Philadelphia also got the 2011 eighth overall selection in that deal, which the Flyers used on Sean Couturier. The two forwards now seem set to stick with each other for a long time as Couturier signed a six-year, $26 million deal just a few days ago.

In addition to those two, Philadelphia also has Claude Giroux inked through the 2021-22 campaign at roughly $8.3 million annually. It seems safe to say that the Flyers hope those three will serve as the team’s core for years to come.

Flyers’ Lecavalier will not retire ‘under any circumstances,’ says agent

Vincent Lecavalier

It appears as though Vincent Lecavalier could spend a third season in Philadelphia.

Speaking to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes said his client would not retire “under any circumstances”. The Flyers have not contacted Lecavalier about a possible buyout either.

According to Capfriendly.com, buying out Lecavalier would cost the Flyers $2.9 million against the cap in each of the next three seasons. He would then be on the books for an $888,889 cap hit from 2018-21.

Hughes’ latest comments come after he suggested in March that his client could retire before his five-year, $22.5 million contract expires.

The 35-year-old appeared in 57 games for the Flyers in 2014-15 scoring eight goals and 12 assists to go along with a minus-7 rating while averaging 12:39 in time on ice.

Lecavalier’s name surfaced in trade rumors last May, as he was unable to fit into Craig Berube’s system.

It was suggest then that a move to Nashville, where he could reunite with Peter Laviolette, would be a good fit. Laviolette reportedly lobbied for the Flyers to sign Lecavalier after the Tampa Bay Lightning bought him out.

During the 2014-15 season Lecavalier told The Canadian Press that he would likely benefit from a change of scenery.

“Maybe it’s just a better opportunity I need,” said Lecavalier. “It happens to a lot of guys. Sometimes you just have to get out of it, try to get out of it and work hard through it and maybe another opportunity will happen.”

His comments came just days after Berube said he felt more comfortable with Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare as his centers.

In 126 games over two seasons with the Flyers Lecavalier has 28 goals, 57 points and a minus-7 rating.

Canada creams Russia for WHC gold, Crosby joins ‘Triple Gold Club’

Canada v Czech Republic - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Semi Final

Once again, Canada put together the best bunch of world-class players it could manage and overwhelmed the rest of the world.

This time around, their gold medal came at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, as they absolutely throttled Russia by a score of 6-1. The finish was fittingly lopsided, too, as the shot count was 37-12 in Canada’s favor.

Sidney Crosby factored into the win – including a goal assisted by best buddy in the world Claude Giroux – and now joins the “Triple Gold Club.”

HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman lists some other members of this made-up but impressive group:

It had to be a refreshing period for frustrated NHL players on Team Canada, particularly guys like Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

Russia finishes up with the silver medal while the U.S. edged the Czech Republic earlier on Sunday for a hard-fought bronze. There were obviously some missed feelings for Russia after such a drubbing in the gold-medal game.

In other tournament news, Jaromir Jagr took home the tournament MVP.

Crosby joins group of ‘high-end, young’ Canadians at Worlds


A quick glance at some of the forwards that have committed to playing for Team Canada at this year’s World Championship, and perhaps it’s no surprise that Sidney Crosby wanted to be a part of it.

Still, Team Canada GM Nill didn’t expect Crosby to play. And he certainly didn’t expect Crosby to be the one to reach out to him.

“I was going to give him a call out of respect, just to see if he wanted to go,” Nill told TSN 1290. “Well, it was the opposite way. As soon as [the Penguins were eliminated], he reached out to me right away and said, ‘I want to be part of this team.’”

Among the “high-end, young kids” that Crosby will be skating with in the Czech Republic are forwards Claude Giroux, Matt Duchene, Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Tyler Seguin, and Ryan O’Reilly, while on defense, there’s 19-year-old Aaron Ekblad.

“They’re the new guys that are kind of taking over Hockey Canada, so it’s going to be very exciting to watch,” said Nill.

Team Canada opens the tournament Friday against Latvia.

Related: NBCSN to air every Team USA game at Worlds

Flyers felt Timonen’s leadership was sorely missed

Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers

When the Philadelphia Flyers found out that defenseman Kimmo Timonen might not be able to play in 2014-15 because of blood clots, they lost a great defenseman. However, listening to the Flyers reflect on their failed 2014-15 campaign, it sounds like they missed his off-ice presence even more.

“Kimmo was such a big presence in the locker room leadership-wise,” Flyers leading scorer Jakub Voracek said, per CSN Philly. “Since I have been here, every time things didn’t go well, we had a meeting about it.

“He always calmed things down. He was hard on us sometimes. As a team, we need to get better and I think that is what we were missing.”

Timonen’s calming influence was noticed by forward Wayne Simmonds too. Defenseman Mark Streit noted that Timonen didn’t speak a lot, but when he did it had an impact on the team.

“Everybody listened up,” Streit said. “You can’t replace a guy like that.”

Whether it was possible to replace Timonen’s presence or not, they didn’t. Flyers coach Craig Berube admitted that they didn’t have a voice like Timonen’s this season.

“And again, it’s leadership, whether it is one voice or a number of voices,” Berube said. “We need more of it.”

Perhaps the Flyers will seek that sort of veteran presence on the free agent or trade market over the summer. Maybe captain Claude Giroux will grow into that role. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason has an interest in filling the void, although Berube doesn’t think that’s the role of a starting goaltender given how demanding it is to play between the pipe. He’d rather see those extra locker room responsibilities be assumed by a skater.

Of course, Timonen did end up returning, but Philadelphia decided to trade him to Chicago rather than keep him around for its long-shot battle for a playoff spot. He played in 16 regular season contests this season, all with the Blackhawks.


Timonen should be ready for playoffs