Detroit Red Wings
Former Red Wings Forward Vrana Regaining Scoring Touch With Blues
Vrana also was a fast stater with Red Wings
If there’s one thing Detroit Red Wings fans could’ve told St. Louis Blues supporters, it’s that when your team trades for Jakub Vrana, he starts filling the net right off the bat.
In that regard, history is repeating itself for Vrana since his arrival in the Gateway to the West. Vrana was scoring twice during an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. He’s now tallied four times in five games since the Red Wings were trading him to the Blues.
Jakub Vrana with 4 goals already as a blue. Looking like a very good pickup so far 🙌 #stlblues pic.twitter.com/21W92IPw1f
— Gateway Grinders (@gatewaygrinders) March 16, 2023
His two-goal performance on Wednesday came after Vrana was accidentally kicked in the face with a skate during the morning skate. He took 25 stitches and was wearing a full facemask during the game.
When acquired by Detroit from the Washington Capitals at the 2021 NHL trde deadline, Vrana netted five goals in his first four games with the Red Wings.
Did Armstrong Get Better Of Yzerman?
The Blue and Red Wings have found themselves engineering several deals since Steve Yzerman became GM of the Red Wings. Up until now, it was hard tomake a case that Yzerman didn’t win each trade handily.
Reminder that Jakub Vrana cost next to nothing at the trade deadline. pic.twitter.com/tBdP0BTOy1
— James Nichols (@JamesNicholsNHL) March 16, 2023
There was Jacob de la Rose for Robby Fabbri. Nick Leddy for Jake Walman and Oskar Sundqvist. A third-round draft pick for Ville Husso.
While the returns are certainly early on this latest transaction, it’s difficult not to already be suggesting that Vrana for a seventh-round draft choice and minor league Dylan McLaughlin is a steal for St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong – especially considering that the Red Wings are on the hook to pay 50% of Vrana’s salary.
Red Wings Fans to Get Up Close Look at Vrana
It won’t be long until the Red Wings fanbase will be getting an up close look at Vrana in his new uniform. Detroit is playing in St. Louis on Tuesday night.
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The two teams will be completing a home and home set on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.
It does not really matter what Vrana does for St. Louis. With his history, he will either get injured or find some other reason to miss games. If his 3 years with the Wings, he just did not show up for that many games. The team has to move on, regardless of how the player might perform with a future team. Sorry, but his expiration time had passed with the Wings and there was no hope he would regain his form here.
It is a professional business relationship. In other words, part of doing business. Armstrong basically handed 3 of their players to Yzerman. Time to return the favor.
Yzerman has stated in past pressers that he likes to deal with GM’s that he is familiar with. Armstrong worked for Yzerman with team Canada. Really not much else to say about that.
There is obviously something else with Vrana, he was available for free in January. All 31 teams passed on him. There must be something that the public does not know about his time in DET this year.
He was given another chance, I hope he embraces it and uses the opportunity to get back on track. He’s a talented player, no doubt.
“We need to find superstar players” – Steve Yzerman.
Zadina: 26 games = 5 points
Vrana: 5 games = 7 points
You can try to spin it anyway you want but the Vrana situation was handled terribly. In addition, the Wings are paying him $2.5 mil next year to play for someone else.
He has played 8 games in three years. If I cannot depend on you to play you are not use to me no matter how talented you are. Sorry a big part of life is showing up. He could not or would not show up. Cannot have that.