Voracek joins Fedotenko for hockey in Europe

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Posted: September 18, 2012

AFTER 2 DAYS of the NHL's latest lockout, two Flyers have bolted to join the European professional ranks.

Flyers forward Jake Voracek confirmed Monday that he signed a temporary deal to join HC Lev Praha, the new KHL franchise in Prague, Czech Republic.

Voracek is in his native Czech Republic already and could join Lev Praha's lineup in time for their fourth home game of the season on Thursday night against Avangard Omsk.

Voracek, 23, is one of the Czech Republic's rising stars. He originally said Sunday he was not sure whether he would sign in Europe, based on insurance policy costs, but the offer to join the world's second-best league and stay in his homeland proved to be too much to pass up. Some KHL teams have offered to pay the insurance costs associated with playing outside the NHL.

Voracek passed on a standing offer to join HC Kladno, the Czech Extraliga franchise owned by former teammate and close friend Jaromir Jagr, to join the superior KHL. Prague, the Czech Republic's cosmopolitan capital city, is only 20 miles east of Voracek's hometown of Kladno.

Voracek's new Flyers teammate, Ruslan Fedotenko, signed Sunday with the KHL's HC Donbass in Ukraine, which skates in the same division.

Voracek is limited to making a maximum 65 percent of next year's $3.5 million salary, as per the KHL's rule on NHL import players. In Prague, he will join a roster that features at least eight players who have NHL experience.

Voracek signed a 4-year, $17 million extension with the Flyers this summer after posting a career-high 18 goals in his first season with the team.

He originally was acquired in the June 2011 trade with Columbus for Jeff Carter. Voracek's contract with Lev Praha expires whenever a new labor agreement is reached in the NHL, at which point he will become property of the Flyers again.

The NHL and NHL Players Association did not engage in formal bargaining talks on Monday, marking the fifth consecutive day without any negotiations. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly is expected to speak with the NHLPA's special counsel Steve Fehr via phone on Tuesday.


Contact Frank Seravalli at seravaf@phillynews.com.Follow him on Twitter @DNFlyers. Read his blog, Frequent Flyers, at www.philly.com/frequentflyers

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