Voracek worth every penny of eight-year, $66 million extension with FlyersPenalty Box | August 2, 2015 | News, The Hockey Buzz Blog That’s real money. And you know what? He’s worth every penny.So the Flyers have rewarded Jakub Voracek with an eight-year, $66 million contract extension that kicks in at the start of the 2016-17 season. The unassuming 25-year-old may not be a superstar by reputation but he fits the bill by any statistical measure. He’s coming off a career-best 81-point season, good for fifth in the NHL scoring race. He tallied 59 assists, one behind league-leader Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals. That’s an impressive total on its own, but looks even better when you consider he was dishing apples to 20-goal men Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds rather than Alex Ovechkin.• Flyers sign forward Sean Couturier to multiyear contractAnd that generosity was no fluke. Over the past three seasons Voracek has accumulated more assists than any other winger in the game (122) and ranks third in total points (189) behind only Ovechkin (216) and Phil Kessel (193). To be fair he sits eighth in points-per-game at .89, but his ability to stay healthy and provide a consistent presence in the lineup is a huge plus. So entering the final season of a four-year, $17 million deal, Voracek was steaming toward a huge payday in unrestricted free agency. Locking him up for the longest term allowed under the CBA just as he’s entering his prime was a no-brainer for Flyers GM Ron Hextall. So was paying him a superstar’s wage, albeit one with an AAV ($8.25 million) that’s just a hair under what team leader Giroux takes home ($8.275 million).• MUIR: 2022 Winter Olympics in China would be huge growth opportunity for NHLThat slight concession was as far as the hometown discount was going to go. Voracek’s proved his value. And the Flyers anted up.BY ALLAN MUIRTwitter EmailPosted:Thu Jul. 30, 2015 Related Posts NHL 20 RATINGS REVIEW | TOP 10 PLAYERS No Comments | Sep 4, 2019 Top 10 Calgary Flames moments of 2017–18 NHL season No Comments | May 10, 2018 NHL Highlights | Capitals vs Hurricanes – Jan. 03, 2020 No Comments | Jan 4, 2020 Why Flames Problems Seem Deeper Than Just ‘Firing The Coach’ | Hockey Central No Comments | Dec 9, 2019 Yvan Cournoyer & Markus Nasland DEBUT! Goon Squad NHL 20 Hockey Ultimate Team! No Comments | Sep 12, 2019 NHL Preview: October 8th, 2019 No Comments | Oct 8, 2019About The Author Penalty BoxHockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick. In many areas, one sport (typically field hockey or ice hockey is generally referred to simply as hockey.