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Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek pulled no punches when it came to the increasing likelihood that National League Hockey players won't be taking part in next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"Absolutely ridiculous," Voracek told CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio on Thursday of the situation.
As it stands, the NHL won't be releasing its players for the Games that get underway on February 9. During this past week's general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, league commissioner Gary Bettman indicated that there was no appetite from the teams to participate, despite interest from the players.
"Unless something changes we're not going," deputy commissioner Bill Daly added to the Canadian Press. "We've said that consistently for three months so there's nothing new about that."
Voracek, who has represented his native Czech Republic nine times internationally including at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, found that tack to be unaccpetable.
"We have it once every four years," Voracek said. "I read something that Bill Daly said we're not going. Nobody wants you to go. The players want to go. Why you're saying you're not going? You're not part of the players association. ... Nobody wants you there. They want the players."
Five for boarding and Miller will not return.
Carchidi corrected the mistake, Miller instead of Pastrnak.
“When he’s confident, he’s one of the better players in the league.”
-Jakub Voracek on Radko Gudas. John Mtisz of the National Post has more on Gudas.
Ryan White on Brooks Orpik who needed help getting off the ice.
Below, Tom Wilson on Jakub Voracek...
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
What's the polar opposite of a Gordie Howe hat trick? That's what Voracek had going in Thursday night's debilitating, 4-3 overtime loss to the NHL's worst team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He was part of blown coverage on the Leafs' first goal, leaving William Nylander alone with half a net to shoot at. Later, a flutter shot into traffic sprung Colin Greening for a breakaway and a 2-0, first-period lead.
Someone asked him whether he was feeling "a little unlucky" these days.
"I'm not gonna blame it on bounces," he said, but then he kind of did.
In just the first two periods, Voracek was minus-3. This, despite taking a team-high four shots in that span, spending 4:28 on the power play. All told, he had six shots on net, spent over five minutes on the power play, did not score, and was on the ice for all three Toronto goals in regulation.
I almost feel bad for writing this, because his heart and effort remain big. But at a juncture of the season when the difference in playoff life and death is the width of a skate edge, he's buckling on his blades big-time. And it's killing his team.
Watch the game hignlights below...
from Brian Smith of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
Monday was one of those strange days where the most interesting thing to happen at Flyers practice had nothing to do with the game the next day.
As the practice wrapped up, Jake Voracek emerged from the locker room for his first skate with his teammates in three weeks. He received a hockey team’s version of a standing ovation, with a lot of hollering and sticks banging the ice. Fortunately nobody got carried away and stick-tapped him anywhere near the lower-body injury that’s kept him out of the lineup since late February.
“It was amazing,” Voracek said. “It felt really good. I’m not going to lie. It was a great feeling and I’m really happy the boys did something like that.”
However, it was just a first day back. Voracek disqualified himself from being ready for Detroit tomorrow, and didn’t sound optimistic about the Chicago game on Wednesday, saying he needs time to recover the conditioning he lost during his long layoff since he couldn’t skate at all.
“You’ve got to do everything in the gym,” he said. “Miss three weeks of skating, it’s hard to catch up on. That’s why I need a couple of practices. [I have] no idea about Chicago. I’m going to go day-by-day and see how I feel.”
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
When Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek caught up with countryman Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg last Friday night, Voracek joked he tried to bribe Pavelec into allowing him to score when they faced each other on Saturday.
“Even that didn’t work,” Voracek said.
Kidding aside, the frustration is real for Voracek.
Three months after signing the richest contract of the summer, Voracek is without a goal through 14 games this season. No player has taken more shots (54) than Voracek without finding the back of the net. Even Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, who has six more shots, has scored once.
Voracek, 26, has just five assists after finishing fifth in the NHL scoring race last season with 81 points.
Voracek’s $66-million contract extension kicks in next season, which will tentatively make him the 10th highest-paid player in the league.
Among high-priced forwards, Voracek is not alone this season in lack of production. Ryan Getzlaf, Dustin Brown, Jason Pominville, Brian Gionta, Jonathan Huberdeau and Martin Hanzal have all been blanked so far; all seven players have registered at least 25 shots on net and earn more than $3 million this season.
Q: A lot of the Flyers roster is in tact from last year, but can you talk about the additions of your countrymen Michal Neuvirth and Radko Gudas…
“I know Michal very well. I played with him on the national teams growing up. He’s a great goalie and I think that was a great pick up by the organization. The last two years I’ve been the only Czech here by myself so it’s good to have two guys. I’m very excited to be able to talk every once in a while in Czech to someone. Sometimes it was hard when I called home and I tried to talk Czech with my mom. She would ask me if I was sleeping because I talked like I couldn’t speak Czech anymore.”
Q: On Gudas…
“I said this before… I think he’s going to be one of the favorite players on the team to the fans next year because he leaves everything on the ice and plays with a lot of grit. It’s very good to see that we have a player like him in our organization.”
Q: Finally, your thoughts on your new head coach, Dave Hakstol. Is it true he flew to Czech Republic to meet with you in person?
“Yes, it says a lot that he flew all the way to Czech Republic to meet with me, and he had some Czech food so that’s a good sign! I’m very excited for him coming in here and a new system. We spent a lot of time talking about everything from everyday life to what he’s expecting from us, as well as myself and I think it went very well.”
from Greg Paone of CSNPhilly,
Voracek, who will turn 26 in August, is entering the last year of a four-year, $17 million deal that carries a $4.25 million salary cap hit that he signed following the 2011-12 season.
He’s coming off a breakout year in which he posted 22 goals and 59 assists, finished fourth in the entire league with 81 points behind Dallas’ Jamie Benn (87), the New York Islanders’ John Tavares (86) and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (84) after leading the race for a good portion of the season and earned the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers’ most valuable player.
The guess here is that it falls somewhere around six or seven years and in the $7.5-8 million AAV range. Probably closer to $8 million, if we’re being picky.
If you’re looking for more comparable contracts, the guys over at Broad Street Hockey have a really good breakdown here (also some great in-depth stats on just how good Voracek has been the last few seasons).
But an extension for Voracek in Philadelphia will get done. There’s no reason for it not to. When, how long and how much are the only questions.
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2014-15 ALL-STAR TEAMS
LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2015) -- Left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who earned his seventh career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players voted to the 2014-15 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a three-time honoree on the Second Team, Ovechkin’s 10 career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players.
Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing (he was voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13). The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).
Joining Ovechkin on the First Team are three first-time selections: goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, center John Tavares of the New York Islanders and right wing Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. The squad also features a pair of defensemen who have been selected to the First Team for the second time, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.
Among those named to the Second Team is Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, voted to his fifth career postseason All-Star berth (3 First Team, 2 Second Team). Defensemen Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators both have landed a spot on the Second Team for the second time, while Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are making their first career appearance on the Second Team.
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
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Voracek received two minutes for an illegal check to the head.
Those of you who like goals might have found the record-breaking 17-12 tally tolerable, and those of you who dislike the fan voting may have found Ryan Johansen's naming as the game's MVP on a night that Team Toews defeated Johansen's Team Foligno--via a 4-goal performance from John Tavares, a 3 goal-plus-3-assist performance from Jakub Voracek and 5-point nights for Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron (1 goal + 4 assists)--to be the ultimate, "This shit is a bunch of fluffernutter" exclamation point...
But Tavares spoke glowingly of the experience of being named an All-Star having grown up watching the games and being honored by and grateful for the opportunity of playing among the league's best, and there was this:
So the All-Star Game was an event in itself, and now it's over, with all of us expecting this come a year from now:
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
My thumb is up to the best one-two scoring punch in the NHL, those two dazzling forwards who play on a certain team in the state of Pennsylvania.
In the past, and maybe again in the future, I would be talking about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But, of course, you know that I am referring to the NHL’s leading scorer, Jakub Voracek and his Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux. Watching them have their way against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night made you wonder why the Flyers aren’t higher in the standings.
Unless there’s a big turnaround coming that began in Toronto, the Flyers have to be described as a team with a bunch of holes and two of the league’s best players, either of whom could win the Hart Trophy if Philly could only find a way to fill the holes.
As you watched the Flyers and Leafs score six times in the game’s first 12 minutes, you probably thought this was the NHL’s version of Halley’s Comet. You just never see a scoring spree like that anymore, and so….my thumb is down to a lack of scoring in the NHL.
from David Isaac of Flyer Files,
According to a report from Sport.cz, Flyers winger Jake Voracek was not injured when he crashed his Ferrari into a truck in his hometown of Kladno, Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. Kladno time.
Pictures of the car (tranlated) on Sport.cz’s website sure make it look like Voracek, 23, was lucky to walk away from the accident with no injuries, if that is indeed the case.
According to a Google translation of the report, Voracek was speeding down the road when a truck coming from the opposite direction slowed down to turn left.
added 11:54am, Paul Holmgren issues a statement...
“I spoke with Jake this morning. He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine.”
The Philadelphia Flyers have locked up one of their own restricted free agents, signing forward Jakub Voracek to a four-year, $17 million contract.
The deal was first reported by Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Voracek, 22, scored 18 goals and 49 points in 78 games with the Flyers last season.
Voracek was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 1st round (seventh overall) in 2007 and was acquired by the Flyers in a trade for Jeff Carter.
Jakub Voracek with the game winner in OT.
Jakub Voracek was on the other end of the call.
What do you think?
I wont be wasting anyone’s time bashing the on-again, off-again play of Jakub Voracek throughout his career. The Flyers have done a good job in recent years of getting players in situations where they have a lot to prove, and its worked out quite well for them. They find themselves in a similar position with Voracek, and there is ample reason to be optimistic about his upcoming season.