Jakub Voracek and his contract go to Ohio

The Philadelphia Flyers handed Jakub Voracek’s heavy contract to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, getting Cam Atkinson in exchange.

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Voracek, 31, has nine goals and 43 points in 53 games this season. He still has to play three seasons before the end of his contract, whose annual impact on payroll is $ 8.25 million.

The Czech will be making his second stint with the Jackets as the team selected him seventh in the 2007 NHL Draft. He had spent the first three years of his professional career in Ohio.

Atkinson, he is 32 years old, and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2024-2025 season. He is earning an average salary of $ 5.875 million by then.

Atkinson totaled 15 goals and 34 points in 56 games during the season just ended. He hit the target 41 times in 2018-19, in his last full season.

Reinhart and Floride

The Florida Panthers, for their part, secured forward Sam Reinhart from the Buffalo Sabers in return for young Quebec goaltender Devon Levi and a first choice in 2022.

“Sam has established himself as one of the best game makers in the league, and we’re thrilled to be able to add him to our roster,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said, according to the team’s official website. . His competitiveness and thirst for success will fit in perfectly with the culture we are building here in South Florida. ”

Reinhart had 25 goals and 40 points in 54 games for the Sabers last season, but showing a disturbing differential of -28. He was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Hailing from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Levi was a seventh-round pick by the Panthers last year. He will play next season with Northeastern University in the NCAA after helping Canada clinch silver at the last World Junior Hockey Championship.

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