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Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana clears waivers

Jakub Vrana
Posted at 2:23 PM, Jan 04, 2023

Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana has cleared waivers, according to several reports. The team placed Vrana on waivers Tuesday.

It came a week after the team assigned him to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning loan following a stint in the NHL Player Assistant Program.

The 26-year-old from the Czech Republic has 98 goals and 91 assists in 323 career regular-season games.

The NHL and NHLPA started the player assistance program in 1996, giving players access to a confidential phone line and counselors in each city in the league. The jointly funded group assists players and their families with mental health, substance abuse and other matters.

Vrana had a goal and an assist in a win at New Jersey in October — one of two games he's played in this season — and wasn't in uniform for the next game against the Los Angeles Kings due to personal reasons.

“There’s bigger things than hockey in life and you have to get it in order,” Vrana said last month. “You have to make some decisions that are important in your life and then hockey.”

Vrana was selected by Washington with the No. 13 pick in the 2014 draft. Detroit acquired Vrana in a trade with the Capitals in April 2021, along with Richard Panik, a first- and second-round pick in exchange for Anthony Mantha. Last year, the Red Wings gave him a three-year contract worth $5.25 million per season.