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Voracek, Flyers agree on contract extension

Associated Press Modified: July 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm •  Published: July 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers signed forward Jakub Voracek to a four-year contract Thursday, worth $17 million.

Voracek came to Philadelphia last season in the deal that sent forward Jeff Carter to Columbus and had a big debut season in the Eastern Conference. He had 18 goals and 49 points in 78 regular-season games last season, and finished third on the Flyers in postseason scoring with 10 points.

"We are happy to have Jake under contract," Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren said, "and look forward to him being a big part of our future."

Across four seasons in the NHL, Voracek has 57 goals and 183 points in 319 regular-season games. He has played in just 15 postseason games, 11 of them with Philadelphia last season. His salary cap will be $4.25 million, annually.

Voracek, 22, is one of the key cogs up front that Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette would like to build around. He was one of seven Flyers to score at least 18 goals last season, and all but one — forward Jaromir Jagr, who signed with Dallas — will be back next season.

"We really like our team, we certainly don't want to make any drastic changes, but we are going to continue to look at ways to get better," Holmgren said this week after losing out on the battle for free-agent defenseman Shea Weber. "The object is to have the best team going into training camp and that's what we're going to do. We'll see what happens."

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