Posts Tagged ‘Jakub Voracek’

Flying Jet-lagged

October 22nd, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Flying Jet-lagged | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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Too much of anything is no good, just ask any athlete about a long lay-off and they will give you a similar answer to that of Jake Voracek in reference to the the Flyers six day break.  “We will most likely have to shake off some rust in the first twenty minutes of play against the Stars”. Unfortunately it took the Flyers a good forty-six minutes to shake off the rust and score their first goal to trim the Stars 2-0 lead in half with 8:57 left in the 3rd period. The offense looked flat throughout the first two periods, this included a lot of ill-advised passes, turnovers, issues setting up, and barely any time on attack. The Flyers also failed to convert on all four of their power plays as the team continued to turn the puck over multiple times while entering their own zone.

Despite winning 56% of their face-offs and out shooting the Stars 35-33, the Flyers failed to capitalize during multiple opportunities and to add insult to injury Braydon Schenn wound up committing an untimely slashing penalty with only 2:08 remaining in the game, which pretty much ended the Flyers from having any shot at potentially tying the game.

  • Positive Takeaways: Despite ending up with the loss and an early 2nd period goal, Steve Mason played brilliantly between the pipes, especially for returning from what seemed to have been a serious personal issue.
    • The defense really picked up for the lack of play in the team’s offensive zone and weak fore-checking. Had it not been for the solid play by both Mason and the team’s defense, the deficit could easily have been larger.

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Philadelphia Flyers & Jakub Voracek Agree to Massive, Eight Year Contract

August 1st, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philadelphia Flyers & Jakub Voracek Agree to Massive, Eight Year Contract | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

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It’s the end of July, which is usually associated with the MLB and their trade deadline. This time period, also just happens to fall in the middle of the NHL’s offseason. Lost in the shuffle of the Phillies active deadline week, another Philly team has quietly made some quality moves to lock up some of their young studs. Earlier this week, the team re-signed lockdown center Sean Couturier to a six-year extension. Yesterday evening, news broke that the Flyers locked up another key piece of their young core. The team announced that they had signed forward Jakub Voracek to an eight-year, $66.5 million dollar contract.

This was a significant move, that was necessary for the team’s long-term success. Voracek was a huge piece of the limited success the Flyers had last season. In a breakout season, Jake tallied 22 goals, and 59 assists, good for a 4th place tie in points last year. He was also highly effective on the power-play last season, finishing with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists). He really came into his own last season, and stepped up as one of the leaders on this team. Paired with Claude Giroux, Voracek helps make one of the most explosive duos in hockey. Often compared to the Malkin/Crosby duo in Pittsburgh, or the Kane/Toews duo in Chicago, the Voracek/Giroux duo may not seem all that impressive. Digging deeper into things, the duo of G & Voracek have actually outscored the duo of Kane/Toews over the last three seasons, by a margin of 396 points, to 370.

Now that the Flyers have locked up their young guns, their focus will turn towards winning. The team is in a bit of a “retool” mode, and Voracek stepping up as a leader will make things easier as far as a veteran presence in the locker room. At the young age of 25, Voracek will be entering his 8th season in the league. He’s been around the block more than a few times, and has gathered some playoff experience in his time as a Flyer. At an annual value of $8.25 million per season, there are high expectations coming with this contract. Jake is strongly expected to be one of the players, that will help end Philadelphia’s Stanley Cup drought of 40 years. With a big contract, comes big expectations. He’ll be expected to meet those expectations, or he can expect to hear it from the Philly faithful.

Overall though, this is a good signing for the Flyers. Ron Hextall has done everything right in his tenure as GM, to this point. He’s centered his focus on re-tooling for the future. He’s not admitting defeat, yet he’s also admitted that the team will remain competitive. Hexy has set this team up for long-term success, and it shows from his patience with the prospects, to his ability to secure long-term commitments from the young studs. With Voracek and “Coots” already locked up, I personally have to wonder where Brayden Schenn. Is he next in line for a long-term payday? Or, will Schenn find himself on a new team by this time next year? Only time will tell, and I for one, am looking forward to what this team has in store for us this upcoming season. If you check back towards the end of August, and I will have my “Official Flyers Season Preview” up for your viewing pleasure.

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Flyers- 2- Sabres- 1- Post-Game Recap

February 16th, 2015 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers- 2- Sabres- 1- Post-Game Recap | Filed in Flyers, Hockey
SHOTS BY PERIOD
PERIOD PHI BUF
1st 15 5
2nd 9 11
3rd 6 6
Total 30 22
TEAM STATS

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Will the Flyers make the Playoffs?

January 25th, 2015 by Leo | Comments Off on Will the Flyers make the Playoffs? | Filed in Flyers, Hockey, Polls

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With the season in full swing and the Flyers holding a 19-22-7 record and 5th in the metropolitan division and 12 points out of the wildcard standings from Washington and Boston, do you think the Flyers can get in the playoffs in 2015?  Currently the Flyers stats are not anything to write home about being 18th overall in goals per game, 24th in goals against, 5th in Power Play pct., and 29th in Penalty Kill pct.

The one shining star on the team is Jakub Voracek who is leading the team in points (56), goals (17), and assists (39).  They are once again lacking in defense and solid goaltending though Mason has a decent goals against average of 2.47.

So we are gonna put out a poll to the fans and ask:
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Philadelphia Flyers (27-23-6) vs. San Jose Sharks (35-15-6)

February 4th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Flyers (27-23-6) vs. San Jose Sharks (35-15-6) | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey
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Philadelphia Flyers (27-23-6, 60 pts) at San Jose Sharks (35-15-6, 76 points)
10:30 p.m. | SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, CA
TV/Radio: In Philly: TCN, 97.5 FM | San Jose: Comcast Sportsnet California

Starting Goaltenders: -Philadelphia- Steve Mason (21-14-5) San Jose: Antti Niemi (28-11-6)

Starting Lineups/Line Combinations/Defensive Pairings:

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The Boys (Flyers) are back in town

January 19th, 2013 by Emily Phung | Comments Off on The Boys (Flyers) are back in town | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

The Boys are Back in Town

Winter doesn’t feel the same without a bit of hockey. Philadelphia sports fan have been rejoicing since the lockout ended. The Flyers are so glad to be back for so many reasons. A few of the Flyers had sustained injuries from playing in European leagues overseas (Jakub Voracek, Danny Brière, and Claude Giroux) and didn’t want to continue with the rough style hockey that may have put their careers in jeopardy. Some just felt like they were not part of a team even when they joined one. For example,Wayne Simmonds felt out-of-place and uncomfortable since there were so many racial remarks made by fans at a Czech Extraliga league. He definitely is more than thrilled to be back in action in the states where such incidents are rare and remote. With a shortened hockey season, what will the Flyers team possibly be like?

Here’s a few dynamics that can be major factors for the season.

– Departure of players may change the dynamic of the team. Without the presence of major producer, Jaromir Jagr, many wonder who will step into his shoes. Jagr was a team player by helping individuals to improve on the ‘basics’ that the Flyers had lacked in many seasons prior to Jagr’s arrival. On another note, with Matt Carle migrating to a Tampa Bay, the Flyers team needs to negate this deficit as well since Carle was able to move the puck efficiently on the ice that opened many game making opportunity plays for other players.

– Claude Giroux hits back the ice as the Flyers captain. His leadership last year helped motivate the team to unprecedented levels at time. Finishing 3rd in the NHL with points was an impressive feat. It is only so fitting that he represents the Flyers team in a recognized leadership position such as captain.

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The 5 Most Important Flyers This Season

October 9th, 2012 by Nick Bramante | Comments Off on The 5 Most Important Flyers This Season | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

When and If the season starts...

Assuming there will be a season (Although its not looking likely), there are 5 players that need to either step up or maintain their game for the Flyers this year.

5) We can start with number 5 himself, Brayden Coburn.  With the addition of a true defensive defenseman in Luke Schenn, Coburn can finally stop trying to be that Chris Pronger replacement and just be himself and play his style.  With Pronger and Andrea Meszaros out for most likely the whole season, and with Kimmo Timonen being in what looks like his last season, Coburn really has to excel as the number one D man for the Flyers.  If he can play like he did in the 2009 playoffs where he was clearly the best player in the back end, the Flyers would be good enough to make a playoff run.

4) Jakub Voracek is next.  With the departure of Jaromir Jagr, the Flyers had a vacant spot at the 1st line for a right wing.  Paul Holmgren decided to give the empty spot to the returning Flyer.  In my opinion, Voracek is an extremely good 2nd line player at best.  With his pass-first mentality and great control of the puck, he will develop into a great player.  I truly hope that he can prove me wrong and that he actually can excel as a 1st line winger this season.  This season will show what Voracek is truly made of and will prove if he can excel as a first liner or if I was right in believing that he is a second line player at best.

3) With a very sub par season last year, Danny Briere really needs to step up and deliver this season.  In the playoffs last season Briere was there, but he was not a factor at all during the season.  If the Flyers want to be successful in the Atlantic Division, they NEED Danny Briere to be the Danny Briere of the playoffs all season long.  Briere is supposed to be a leader and a mentor for the young core we have, and putting up only 49 points in 70 games isn’t going to cut it, especially for the salary he gets.

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