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A2Y- Jakub Vrana Remains With The Wings

01/04/2023 at 2:01pm EST


Whew. Let’s get this figured out, all. 


Interesting.  I really thought Buffalo or Ottawa would pick him up.  

It makes you wonder if these GM's know something we don't.  Or if it's a thing for Buffalo's GM to call up Stevie and say, "wtf is going on here?"


I wonder where the line is between collusion and doing diligence.


Yep, depends on who you ask, and if it's in writing or verbal!


If you were an interested GM, and you listened to LaLonde's comments today, there was no way he was getting picked up. 


I hope for the good of Vrana and the wings that they get everything sorted. I don't know whether this was a calculated risk that was perfectly played or if he is a problem that Yzerman was willing to lose for nothing. 

Regardless, the wings got their flexibility to bring Fabbri back, lost nothing, and now have the option to leave Vrana in GR as long as he needs to be (or until Stevie can work a trade)


Does Vrana report to GR or say F it? 


He already played the last three games in GR and the reports yesterday were that it was his decision to continue the conditioning stint.....


Just another episode of "As the Puck Drops" Hopefully we can get back to worrying whether the Wings will make a run for the playoffs. Besides, I'm all out of popcorn.


This is certainly not the end of the story, does he report or will he force Yzerman to terminate his contract?  Yesterday folks were talking about him wiping his social media clear of wings stuff, but others mentioned he never had any to begin with. Should be interesting, makes me want to go out of my way to GR to see a game if he does stay. 


He's been there and said yesterday he wanted to continue the conditioning stint, so all signs point to him staying. Been trying to get a read on the social media deal and it's pretty damn hazy. He's only got 24 total instagram posts going back to 2014, so it's not like he was big on there before leaving washington.  His twitter page still has a pic of him and the team celbrating at center ice after a game as the header, for whatever that's worth. He only has one tweet back in 2018, no idea if there were more.


DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today activated center Robby Fabbri from injured reserve and assigned left wing Jakub Vrana to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Fabbri, 26, is expected to make his season debut tonight against New Jersey, marking his first game action since sustaining a lower-body injury on March 10 vs. Minnesota. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward skated in 50 games during the 2021-22 season and ranked among the team leaders with 17 goals (4th), 13 assists (T10th), 30 points (8th), 35 penalty minutes (6th), six power play goals (T1st), eight power play points (T5th), 123 shots (10th), a 13.8 shooting percentage (7th) and 86 hits (T6th). Originally selected by St. Louis in the first round (21st overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Fabbri has recorded 152 points (73-79-152) and 129 penalty minutes in 302 games with the Red Wings and Blues since 2015-16, in addition to 16 points (5-11-16) in 30 postseason contests. Fabbri helped the Blues claim their first-ever Stanley Cup championship in 2019, working his way back from a pair of injuries that sidelined him for over a year, including the entire 2017-18 season, totaling six points (2-4-6) in 32 regular-season games before netting one goal in 10 postseason appearances.


It doesn’t seem like that long since I saw the picture of Fabulous Fabbri in here.


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

It’s clear that the Yzerman is unhappy with Vrana. They wouldn’t waive a player with his skill package if there wasn’t some kind of issue.

“I think there’s probably a lot that went into it,” Lalonde said. “That’s part of his privacy, especially where he’s been over the last 3-4 months. I don’t think it would be fair to him to go through any of the details.”(managing the human side of it as a coach).”

Adam Erne will be scratched tonight to make room for Fabbri to play against the Devils. The Red Wings undoubtedly hope Fabbri and Bertuzzi’s return will make up for Vrana’s absence.

“You hope so. Obviously, we’re scoring in this little win streak. We’re not built like some of the other offensive top-end teams in the league. We have no problem with that. Fine with that. We’re going to win with what we keep out of our net. We’re 16-12-7 and we look at those wins and losses and they all look like that. The games we won it was about us keeping it out of our net.”

more, mostly on Vrana...


I take a slight issue with Allen saying "it's clear Yzerman is unhappy with Vrana". While that may be true, nothing leaks from the org. Nothing is clear, only speculation.  All we do know is that he was waived but not claimed. 

The Griffins shared a pic of Jakub and Ned last night and both seemed to be in great spirits


It looks like Vrana will stay in G.R. until Yzerman engineers a trade.


I will totally speculate, but I think Vrana will not play in NHL anymore


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

After he cleared waivers, the Wings assigned Vrana to the minors. He already was there on a conditioning stint.

That the Wings were not able to get even a slight return via trade indicates other teams are vary of Vrana. He was reinstated Dec. 16 after spending two months in the players assistance program, which is designed to assist players dealing with a range of issues from mental health to substance abuse. Last season, he missed 56 games recovering from shoulder surgery. He showed up late for training camp, and lasted 10 minutes on the ice in his first practice. It turned out to be an issue that had lingered since the previous season — meaning that he could have had surgery during the offseason instead of at the start of what would have been his first full season with the Wings....

Vrana initially looked like a terrific addition, scoring eight goals in 11 games the rest of the pandemic-shortened 2021 season. But things started to sour when the Wings, who were counting on Vrana for a major part of their offense, found out he would miss more than half of the season.

This season, Vrana played two games in October. After returning in December, he practiced with the team for a week and was assigned to the minors on a conditioning stint on Dec. 27. Coach Derek Lalonde evaded details on what led he and Yzerman to make the decision to expose Vrana on waivers.

"Really don’t want to go into the details of it, especially with the situation where Jakub is in his coming back," Lalonde said. "Want to be kind of private, personal to him. But ultimately we had to make a decision and that was the decision."

Yzerman could still try to work out a trade, but he will have to retain a chunk of of Vrana's salary and may have to offer further enticement in the form of a draft pick. The other option is to keep Vrana in the minors. He will still draw the NHL-level salary, but he will no longer count against the 23-man roster. He could also resume playing for the Wings, as DeKeyser and Svechnikov did after they were exposed on waivers.

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I’m going to go against the grain here and say Jakub gets his legs back in GR and gives the organization no choice but to bring him back up.  The whole message to the team has been “you earn your spot” — what would undermine that message more than sending guys who earned it back to GR for a guy who hasn’t?  This sends the message that no one is entitled on the team.  No one is too special.  Vrana’s career is now entirely in his own hands.  He earns his way back and it’s an empowering story.  Masterful psychological move.

EDIT: Posts of a happy Vrana and Ned in GR, Vrana hosting a charity skate for GR already turning up on the interwebs.

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