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Vrana Could Be Out Longer Than Expected And Sundqvist Is Fun To Be Around

10/19/2022 at 5:05pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It's possible the Red Wings aren't expecting forward Jakub Vrana to return for a while longer.

Vrana is gone from the team for "personal reasons." He didn't play Monday against Los Angeles or he didn't participate in Tuesday's practice (the team had the day off Wednesday).

The Wings have removed Vrana from the active roster on the team website, which could be a sign he will be out for multiple days, at least.

In the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, a player can be designated a "non-roster" player if he is unavailable due to any reason other than illness, injury or disability. That player, then, isn't counted against the active roster limit.


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Oskar Sundqvist is all jokes, teasing and tomfoolery until he pulls on the Detroit Red Wings jersey. Then he becomes the symbol of blue collar work ethic.

“He’s a great guy off the ice, too,” said David Perron who played with Sundqvist in St. Louis before joining him in Detroit. “Gets the boys together and gets everyone nice and loose. And then the moment he steps on the ice, he goes to work.”

Since the Blues moved him to Red Wings in the Nick Leddy deal last season, Sundqvist has played 21 games. But already he’s established himself as one of the more popular players in the dressing room. He boasts an extra-large personality. Sundqvist always seems pleased with life.

And he has also proven himself to be a versatile forward with a knack of making memorable plays. He did that Monday when he scored in the closing minute to help the Red Wings earn in a point in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

“He’s a fun-loving guy and then when it’s time to focus come game time, he’s a good pro,” Red Wings center Michael Rasmussen said. “He works hard, puts a lot of smiles on guys’ faces. At the same time, he gets serious and knows what he’s doing out there.



Last year, Larkin missed a week for 'personal reasons'. Now Vrana, 'personal reasons' for who knows how long. Everyone is entitled to their own privacy, but I sure am glad Steve beefed up the roster with more depth last summer. It is coming in handy already.


I've liked Sundqvist from the moment the Wings got him. But man, he sure looks like he's skating in quicksand out there. I think Homer might have been faster.


He’s not quick, no doubt about it. But he’s got that size and reach and you can tell he knows where to be and what’s likely happening next, better than most players by far. No idea what combination of lower body issues might still be (chronically?) bothering him. No doubt a faster first step would help. But he compensates in a lot of other ways which make him an effective, versatile player. He’s been a plus bottom-six player since he arrived. 

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