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Red Wings Vrana Enters NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program; Out Indefinitely

Vrana Missing Since Monday

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Red Wings Jakub Vrana is receiving care from the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana is receiving care from the player assistance program of the NHL and NHLPA and will be away from the team for an indefinite period.

The NHLPA issued a formal statement making this announcement on late Wednesday afternoon.

“The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Jakub Vrana of the Detroit Red Wings will be unavailable to his Club for an indefinite period while he receives care from the player assistance program of the NHL and NHLPA,” the statement read.

Under the terms of the joint program, Vrana will continue to be paid while receiving treatment. He will return to the club when cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.

Vrana’s care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

Vrana Missing From Red Wings Lineup Since Monday

Vrana has been away from the Red Wings team since at least Monday. He wasn’t at the morning skate, nor did he play in that night’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Vrana was also absent from Tuesday’s Detroit practice.

“Still out, personal reasons, that’s all I’ve been told, so I don’t have a time frame,” was Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde’s explanation for Vrana’s absence following Tuesday’s workout. “Just told personal reasons and he’s out.”

Vrana was also missing for the majority of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery early in training camp.

He was good for a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 5-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils. His 39 games with the Red Wings saw Vrana scoring 22 goals. There’s been plenty of speculation as to how many goals he’d be producing were Vrana able to play a full season in a Red Wings uniform.

At the 2020-21 NHL trade deadline, the Red Wings were trading forward Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals for Vrana, forward Richard Panik, a 2022 second round draft pick (Dmitri Buchelnikov) and a 2021 first round pick that afer a further trade with the Dallas Stars became Sebastian Cossa.

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