New York Islanders Hockey Now’s hard-working beat writer Stefen Rosner wrote a piece about whether the New York Islanders should claim Jakub Vrana off waivers.
The Islanders could use another proven scorer. Another finisher would help their playoff potential.
General manager Lou Lamoriello could make Vrana’s $5.25 million salary work this season and next. On the plus side: He wouldn’t have to give up an asset to land Vrana. The only issue for the Islanders would be feeling comfortable with Vrana’s readiness to play.
The Red Wings haven’t said anything negative about Vrana, but a team doesn’t put a player with his skill on waivers unless they are unhappy with him.
Vrana doesn’t have to say why he was in the NHL/NHLPA Players Assistance Program, and that’s the way it should be. But any GM considering a claim will obviously have questions.
What it boils down to with Vrana isn’t merely his cap hit of $5.25m this yr & next. It’s whether a GM is willing to take a flier on a 26-year old former Cup winning top-six guy who can really skate coming out of the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.
We’ll see what happens.
— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) January 4, 2023
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Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (3-1-1 in their last five) are home tonight to face the New Jersey Devils. Robby Fabbri (knee surgery) is expected to play his first game of the season. Adam Erne is the likely scratch.
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