Red Wings avoid arbitration; sign RFA winger Jakub Vrana to 3-year deal

Red Wings and Vrana come to terms.

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May 8, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Jakub Vrana (15) flips the puck in the air during a stop in play against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 1st period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings avoided arbitration with winger Jakub Vrana on Tuesday by signing the restricted free agent to a three-year deal worth $5.25 million per season.

The Red Wings acquired Vrana in April from the Washington Capitals — along with forward Richard Panik, a 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2022 second-round pick — in exchange for forward Anthony Mantha.

Red Wings avoid arbitration with Jakub Vrana

The two sides appeared to be heading for a hearing with a $2.1 million gap between Vrana’s ask of $5.7M versus Detroit’s offer of $3.65M. GM Steve Yzerman obviously saw it closer to the the player’s ask and they came to terms.

Vrana, 25, rewarded Detroit almost immediately by posting a four-goal game on April 22, his fourth game for the franchise. He finished the season with 19 goals and 17 assists in 50 games split between Washington and Detroit.

A native of the Czech Republic, Vrana was the 13th overall draft choice in 2014 and spent his first four-plus NHL campaigns with the Capitals, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 2018. In 295 career games, Vrana has tallied 168 points (84 goals, 84 assists) with 21 game-winning goals.

Vrana figures to be part of a larger rebuilding project for the Red Wings, an Original Six franchise with plenty of history that has not reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2016.

–Field Level Media