The Detroit Red Wings and Jakub Vrana agreed on a new three-year contract paying him an average of $5.25 million.
Vrana and the Red Wings were about $2 million apart on their salary arbitration proposals. Vrana asked for $5.7 million and the Red Wings offered $3.65 million in anticipation of a Wednesday hearing.
But the hearing was no longer needed after Yzerman and Vrana agreed on a longer deal. Detroit Hockey Now’s original projection was $4.25 million for a one-season deal. It appears Yzerman agreed to move closer to Vrana’s ask in exchange for the longer term.
The Red Wings have an upcoming salary arbitration with Adam Erne, and also have contracts to negotiate with Filip Hronek and Givani Smith.
The Red Wings, according to CapFriendly.com, have roughly $20 million in cap space remaining. However, they could be at just under $13 million after signing the three remaining RFAs. It could go slightly lower if Hronek signs a longer term deal.
Vrana, 25, netted eight goals in 11 games last season. He came to Detroit in the Anthony Mantha deal. He is viewed as potential 30 goal scorer.