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Red Wings Forwards Adam Erne and Jakub Vrana File for Arbitration



Jakub Vrana, Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings forwards Jakub Vrana and Adam Erne are among 17 NHLers to file for arbitration

Detroit Red Wings wingers Jakub Vrana and Adam Erne are two of 17 NHL players who filed for salary arbitration Sunday. Historically, the vast majority of players who file for arbitration negotiate a new deal before the arbitration begins.

Salary Arbitration hearings are scheduled from Aug. 11 to Aug. 26.

Erne, 26, is coming off his best NHL season. He netted a career-high 11 goals and 20 points in 45  games. Erne made just under $1 million last season.

Vrana is coming off a contract that paid him an average of $3.335 million. He’s coming off a strong season during which he registered 19 goals and 36 points in 50 games. That included¬† 11 points in 11 games for the Red Wings.

In estimating Detroit’s salary cap potential, Detroit Hockey Now projected Vrana signing a short-term deal for $4.25 million per season and Erne receiving $1.5 million. Arbitration factor statistics and comparisons to other players. Currently, many teams and some players have favored shorter deals because the NHL is in a Covid-related flat salary cap situation.

Last year, the Wings went to salary arbitration with forward Tyler Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi asked for $4.25 million, while the Red Wings countered with an offer of $3.15 million. The arbitration ruling gave Bertuzzi a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.