Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 7/27/12

The Flyers offseason hasn’t exactly gone to script so far, but there was finally some good news to report yesterday. The Flyers finally agreed to terms with winger Jakub Voracek, a restricted free agent, on a 4-year, $17 million deal.

Jakub Voracek came to the Flyers as part of the Jeff Carter trade to Columbus, and while he struggled in the early going of last season, he got it together late and made significant contributions to the team.

Voracek, who grew up idolizing Jaromir Jagr, will now likely get an opportunity to replace Jagr on the Flyers top line. Voracek is a great passer and set up guy, and also possesses a scoring touch. Voracek netted 18 goals in his first season with the team and ended the season one point shy of tying a career-high 50 points.

On a line Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, there is all the opportunity in the world for Voracek to break out this season.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren also said that Voracek factors heavily into the Flyers future plans. Additionally, Holmgren noted that the Flyers would be extending coach Peter Laviolette in the very near future. Holmgren made a similar statement at the conclusion of the season, but it appears that a deal is now very close with Laviolette.

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