By Jenny Masters
The Flyers traded for forward Cam Atkinson from the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Jakub Voracek.
Voracek spent 10 years in Philly, scoring 738 points in 968 games while playing major minutes on their top scoring line. But his ice time has declined for three straight seasons.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said he and Voracek discussed his future with the team, which included leaving him unprotected in the Seattle expansion draft.
“I can see a lot of paths where Jake would be a part of our team next year, and still a valuable, contributing member of our team. And certainly there could be ways where he isn’t,” Fletcher said before the trade.
Atkinson, 32, spent all 10 years of his NHL career with the Blue Jackets after being taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. He has 213 goals and 189 assists in 627 games, including a 41-goal season in 2018-19. His goal-scoring has declined in the past two seasons, dropping under a goal per 60 minutes of play for the first time in his career.
Voracek, who turns 32 in August, began his career with Columbus, which drafted him seventh overall in 2007. He had 134 points in 241 games in three years with the Blue Jackets before they traded him to the Flyers in a deal for Jeff Carter in 2011.