Voracek, a restricted free agent, came off a career-high season in terms of goals this past year. This was his first with Philadelphia following a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets that sent Jeff Carter to Ohio–but only for a short amount of time.
Voracek’s 49-point campaign in 2011-12 is just one point shy of his best year in the NHL to date, which was 2009-10, back with the Jackets.
In July 2011, after the trade, he signed a one-year deal on the same day as another now former teammate who also hails from the Czech city of Kladno, Jaromir Jagr. He also tends to be a firsts kind of guy: he scored in the first period of his first game as a Flyer; he had the assist on the first playoff goal in Blue Jackets history; he got the overtime game-winning goal in the first game of the first round of the 2012 playoffs; he was drafted in the first round in 2007.
Voracek’s re-signing may be seen as a homegrown victory for the Flyers, who recently lost out on the chance to sign Shea Weber away from the Nashville Predators and were one of the teams on Rick Nash‘s wishlist that didn’t get chosen to become his new home. (Shane Doan did recently pay the Flyers a visit, but hasn’t said anything really definitive either way about staying or going.) General manager Paul Holmgren did express some disappointment about losing out on Weber, but added that he’s pretty happy with the lineup as it is now.
He’s also just 22 years old, so he has the potential to keep being a big part of the Flyers puzzle for many years to come.