Voracek moves from Blue Jackets to Coyotes in return for Gillies

Jakub Voracek was traded to the Arizona Coyotes by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday for goaltender Jon Gillies.

Arizona also received a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft along with the forward.

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Voracek, 33, hasn’t played since Nov. 4 due to a concussion and has previously indicated his NHL career may be over.

“It’s going to be a long time, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” Voracek told the Blue Jackets website on Dec. 5. “I tried to play despite everything during my career and I didn’t miss a lot of games. But with my past head injuries, my health toll is pretty serious and I need to make sure I consider all options for my future. We’ll see where that takes me. »

Voracek, who has six points (one goal, five assists) in 11 games this season, has one more season left on his eight-year contract signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in July 2015.

Drafted by Philadelphia in the first round (seventh overall) in 2007, Voracek has 806 points (223 goals, 583 assists) in 1,058 regular season games with the Blue Jackets and Flyers, and 28 points (nine goals, 19 assist) in 49 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Gillies is 5-8-2 with a 3.70 goals-against average and .878 save percentage in 15 games with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League this season. The 29-year-old is 7-15-3 with a 3.31 GAA and .893 save percentage in 32 career NHL games (25 starts) with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and the Calgary Flames.

“This trade gives us more depth in net for the rest of the season and flexibility under the salary cap to improve our team,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

The Blue Jackets (20-35-6), who sit last in the NHL overall standings, traded the defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov and the guardian Joonas Korpisalo at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday against the goaltender Jonathan Quick. They also traded the striker Gustav Nyquist to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday for a 2023 fifth-round pick.

The Coyotes (21-30-9) are 21 points behind Seattle Kraken and the Winnipeg Jets, who hold the two fourth ace spots in the Western Conference playoffs.

Arizona traded the defender Jakob Chychrun to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a conditional first-round pick in 2023, a conditional second-round pick in 2024 and a second-round pick in 2026. The Coyotes also sent the defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round selection in 2026.

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