The Philadelphia Flyers’ disappointing performance this season generated speculation general manager Chuck Fletcher could be active in this summer’s trade market. It appears long-time Flyers winger Jakub Voracek could be on the move.
On Saturday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the two sides discussed “that it might be time for a change”. It’s believed Voracek could be exposed in next week’s expansion draft. If the Seattle Kraken don’t take the 31-year-old winger, the Flyers could “look elsewhere.” While both sides acknowledge the possibility a trade might not occur, Friedman said there will be “a legit attempt” to move Voracek.
This effort could be tied to other moves Fletcher could be working on. Recent rumors linked the Flyers to Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones and Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Dougie Hamilton.
The Flyers must shake up their core after missing the playoffs in five of the last nine seasons and advancing past the first round once. They’re in the market for a top-pairing right-side defenseman, a reliable backup goaltender and help for their special teams.
Voracek is signed through 2023-24 with an annual salary-cap hit of $8.25 million. He also lacks no-trade protection. The Flyers have $68.4 million invested in 17 players for 2021-22. Shedding Voracek’s contract would provide cap flexibility to make at least one significant addition to the roster.
Voracek remains an effective top-six playmaking winger. However, he turns 32 next month and his production has declined since his career-high 85-point performance in 2017-18. Enticing the Kraken to select him, or another club to acquire him via trade could require packaging a draft pick, prospect or good young player into the deal.