Trade Alert: Blue Jackets acquire Jakub Voracek from Flyers for Cam Atkinson

The Philadelphia Flyers were trying to ship out big Jakub Voracek and his large contract. It wasn’t going to be an easy move since the 31 year-old still has three years on a deal with an AAV of $8.25 million. Salary retention was a given, right?

Absolutely not.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded Cam Atkinson to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for fellow forward Jakub Voracek on Saturday. No salary retained.

Voracek, was originally drafted seventh overall in 2007 by the Blue Jackets and played for Columbus until his June 2011 trade to the Flyers.

Voracek has 216 goals and 522 assists in 968 games over his 13 NHL seasons.

Blue Jackets acquire Jakub Voracek

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Apr 23, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Jakub Voracek #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers carries the puck around Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

“This is a significant trade for our club and we are very excited to welcome Jake Voracek back to the Blue Jackets family,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in announcing the deal. “He is a powerful, dynamic offensive player that will be a significant contributor to our club.”

Atkinson, 32, has spent his entire 10-year career with the Blue Jackets, recording 213 goals and 189 assists in 627 games since being taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. He comes with an AAV of $5.875 million with years remaining on his deal.

“Adding a player like (Voracek) comes at a cost and I want to thank Cam Atkinson for his many contributions to the Blue Jackets and Columbus community over the past 10 years,” Kekalainen said. “He has made a lasting impact on our club and I wish he, Natalie and their family all the best.”

–Field Level Media