Detroit Red Wings place Jakub Vrana on waivers

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Jakub Vrana on waivers, multiple NHL insiders reported Tuesday afternoon.

Vrana, 26, has one goal and one assist in two games for the Red Wings this season. He recently participated in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program and played three games with the Grand Rapids Griffins during a conditioning camp.

The Red Wings originally acquired Vrana from the Washington Capitals in 2020 as part of a package for forward Anthony Mantha. Vrana is signed through the end of the 2023-24 season at an NHL cap of $5.25 million.

The Capitals originally selected Vrana in the first round (13th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. The six-foot left-winger made his NHL debut with the Capitals in the 2016-17 season and won the Stanley Cup with the team the following year.

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Vrana has struggled with significant injury issues since joining the Red Wings, appearing in just 39 games with the team over three seasons, but he’s been extremely productive when on healthy. The Prague product has 22 goals and 32 points in those 39 games for Detroit.

In his three AHL conditioning games with Grand Rapids, Vrana is yet to score a run and is a minus five. We’ll know by Wednesday afternoon if Vrana will stay with the Red Wings organization or if he will be part of a new team.

In 323 games with the Capitals and Red Wings over seven NHL regular seasons, Vrana had 98 goals and 189 points. He added three goals and eight points in 38 playoff games with Washington.

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