Friday, July 27, 2012

Flyers and Voracek finally agree to terms

Forget trying to trade for a top line winger. The Flyers already have one in-house.

Earlier today while I was watching 'The Dark Knight Rises' for the second time, Philadelphia reached a new deal with restricted free agent right winger, Jake Voracek. The deal is for four years, $17 million dollars which breaks down to $4.25 mil per. At 22 years old, one might think that a contract of this magnitude is a little steep for a player who's never reached 20 goals in the four years he's been a pro. But his unique combination of youth, speed and vision will help him immensely especially if he indeed becomes Jaromir Jagr's successor on G's right side. As of now, I see the lines going something like this:
Outside of Briere, Talbot and Timonen, there isn't a whole lot of veteran leadership, and Zac Rinaldo is still getting ice time. But Paul Holmgren has relatively $3.5 million in cap room (closer to $8.5 once they place Pronger on LTIR) and another month to work with. So personally, I'll be watching any news concerning a certain former Phoenix captain very closely.

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