Detroit forward Jakub Vrana helped make the Red Wings debut of Oskar Sundqvist and Jake Walman a winning one. Vrana scored twice as the Wings doubled the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Tuesday.
Perhaps no one in the Detroit dressing room could relate as well to the challenges facing newcomers Sundqvist and Walman, picked up Monday from the St. Louis Blues at the NHL trade deadline, than Vrana. A year ago, the Wings were acquiring Vrana from the Washington Capitals in a deadline-day deal.
“I mean you know it’s not an easy transfer to do,” Vrana said. “You don’t have a lot of time to go from city to city, get used to a new system, joining a different group of guys.
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“These guys came in and they came to work. They did a great job and we’re happy to have them.”
Vrana made it look easy last year. He scored eight goals in 11 games for Detroit after coming over from the Caps. But it’s not that simple or that seamless.
“It’s hard to see friends leave, that’s for sure but at the end of the day, it’s part of this business,” Vrana said. “It’s behind us now and we’re looking forward to another day and now to another game.”
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