Voracek traded to Blue Jackets by Flyers for Atkinson


Jakub Voracek was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets by the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday for forward Cam Atkinson.

Voracek tied forwards James van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux for the Flyers lead this season with 43 points (nine goals, 34 assists) in 53 games. He played the past 10 seasons for Philadelphia, which acquired the 31-year-old forward in a trade with Columbus on June 23, 2011.

“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. “He is a powerful, dynamic offensive player that will be a significant contributor to our club.”

The Blue Jackets selected Voracek with the No. 7 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft. He has scored 738 points (216 goals, 522 assists) in 968 games for Columbus and Philadelphia, and 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 49 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Atkinson scored 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 56 games for the Blue Jackets this season. Selected by Columbus in the sixth round (No. 157) of the 2008 NHL Draft, the 32-year-old forward is second in team history in goals (213), points (402) and games played (627), behind Rick Nash in each category (289 goals, 547 points, 674 games).

The Flyers acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis in a trade with the Nashville Predators for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick on July 17, and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres for their first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (No. 14), a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Robert Hagg on Friday.

They also traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and two picks in the 2022 NHL Draft to the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations on Thursday.

Columbus made three selections in the first round of the 2021 draft Friday, and traded defenseman Seth Jones to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Adam Boqvist and three draft picks.

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