from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings are bringing back Jakub Vrana.
The team announced Tuesday it is recalling the goal-scoring forward, who was waived Jan. 3 and sent to minor-league affiliate Grand Rapids the next day when Vrana was unclaimed by any other team.
In a corresponding move, the Wings put Lucas Raymond on the injured list retroactive to Feb. 10.
Raymond was injured while colliding with defenseman Ben Chiarot during Friday's practice. Raymond has missed the last two games and wasn't on the ice Tuesday during practice in Edmonton.
Below watch coach Lalonde after practice today.
from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
The 26-year-old left-winger was starting slowly in the AHL. Vrana went four games before collecting a point and eight games until he was netting his first goal for the Griffins. Lately, though, he’s been rediscovering his scoring touch.
The 26-year-old left-winger is showing six goals and eight points over his last nine games. He was riding a six-game point streak upon his recall. Vrana accounted for 4-4-8 numbers over this six-game span.
“Jakub’s got his legs underneath him finally,” Griffins coach Ben Simon said. “He obviously missed a lot of time. He’s found a way to have fun with the game again.
“It’s good to see he’s in a good place. He’s been good for us. The last little bit he’s been good.”
more on the move
from Max Bultman of The Athletic,
Vrana told The Athletic last week he was not sure what the team’s plans were for his future, but added, “I’m a proud Red Wing. I love to have that logo on my chest.”
A dazzling goal scorer, Vrana got off to a slow start with the Griffins but has recently rounded into form. He has six goals and 10 points in his last nine games. Meanwhile, the Red Wings had run into injury trouble, with forward Lucas Raymond sustaining an injury in practice last week and missing the first game of the team’s current road trip.
In addition to his recent uptick in production — which matters for a player whose value is in his offense — the Red Wings had an injury when Raymond went down last week. Losing Raymond created a roster spot that Vrana makes sense to fill. The timing of the call-up is also interesting with the trade deadline now less than three weeks away. Vrana has said he wants to play in Detroit, but it remains possible the Red Wings could decide to trade him either before the deadline or in the summer.
This is the million-dollar question in the coming weeks because Vrana was the odd man out the last time the Red Wings needed a roster spot. That was in early January, while he was on a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids, but it remains to be seen how Detroit will proceed with him even from here. But Vrana has an opportunity in front of him now, and his best chance to make the most of it will be by both scoring and playing into the responsible identity Lalonde has preached to the team.
I hope Vrana stays a Red Wing, but it looks shaky.
Just let this line from the Athletic sink in:
Since he entered the league in 2016-17, Vrana has scored five-on-five
goals at the second-fastest rate (1.25 per 60 minutes) of all players
who played at least 2,000 minutes in that span, trailing only Auston Matthews.
...showcase, showcase, showcase
Trade deadline soon...if he goes on a goal scoring tear...maybe you can get rid of him.
dca10 hours agoFlag
...showcase, showcase, showcase
Perfect timing - they're in Edmonton where (per Paul's post on KKH blog), Kenny said he may be interested in doing something ... but is concerned about cap space.
Sounds like the feelers are going out... Hopefully Vrana has a 4 point night!
I'd be willing to bet he gets a goal tonight. Seems like the perfect way to make this into a feel good story with much rejoicing.
He's going to really have to go on a tear for another team to want to trade for him when they could have had him for free a few weeks ago.
suggest the room will decide for SY whether V stays or goes. his production is a given.
to all the folks who would move V, consider giving him a couple games, to paraphrase a certain #11, ”fill their net with pucks.”
V is gold.
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