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--RW Jakub Voracek signed a four-year extension worth $17 million, making him the second-highest paid forward on the team behind C Danny Briere. A 49-point season last year was one shy of a career high for Voracek, but with the promise from GM Paul Holmgren that he'll be on the top line next year with C Claude Giroux and LW Scott Hartnell, the ceiling could be very high.

"I am always careful before the season starts saying what numbers I can put (up)," he said. "I always say my shot isn't bad; I think I have a good shot and a heavy shot. My accuracy isn't as good as it could be and I miss the net a lot when I am shooting. If I can hit the net more often, I think more goals are going to go in and the more points are going to come in. We will see ... I am working on it. I still have two months to work on it and we will see what happens."

--D Marc-Andre Bourdon remains unsigned as a restricted free agent and remains a question mark because he dealt with a concussion in the playoffs. However, GM Paul Holmgren has no fears about him when the season starts back up. "Healthwise he's fine," Holmgren said. "The contract part is ongoing, but I expect in the near future we'll get something done with Marc-Andre."

--C Claude Giroux told a Canadian media outlet that the reason he was dealing with wrist issues in the playoffs is because in the first round Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby was slashing him when the two would battle in faceoffs. Giroux says Crosby even fractured one of the wrists.

"Every time we'd line up against each other for a faceoff during our series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he'd hack me across the wrists," Giroux told timminspress.com. "I ended up playing the series against (New) Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs."


--C Scott Laughton (first round, No. 20) was the Flyers' top selection, a surprise because the team was expected to take a defenseman. Laughton is described as a "shut-down" center and was one of the risers in Central Scouting's rankings, moving up 12 places from the midseason list to 28th in the final rankings.


--D Chris Pronger (post-concussion syndrome) is out indefinitely.

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