Illustration photo – Hockey player Jakub Vrána.
Wed. Louis (USA) – Hockey forward Jakub Vrána is moving from Detroit to St. Louis. The Red Wings traded the 27-year-old Prague native shortly before the transfer deadline for another forward, Dylan McLaughlin, and a seventh-round draft pick in 2025. Both clubs announced the trade on social media.
Vrana played only five games for Detroit this year. After two October duels, he joined the assistance program of the NHL and the players' association NHLPA, which helps hockey players and their families in case of psychological problems, addictions and other matters.
At the end of the calendar year, the Red Wings sent the Czech forward to a farm and in at the end of February, Vrána had three more starts in the NHL. He only has a goal and an assist from the October game against New Jersey, he scored 11 points in 17 duels on the farm in Grand Rapids.
Vrána is saying goodbye to Detroit after two years, he joined the club in February 2021 from Washington and signed a three-year, $16.25 million contract in August. The summer club graduate has played for the Capitals since 2016 and won the Stanley Cup with them in 2018. The bronze medalist from last year's World Championship played a total of 326 games in the regular season of the NHL, in which he scored 98 goals and added 91 assists. He added another 38 duels and eight points in the playoffs.
The originally four-man Czech group in Detroit was halved before today's transfer deadline, defender Filip Hronek was already traded to Vancouver on Wednesday. So far, attackers Dominik Kubalík and Filip Zadina have remained in the club. In St. Louis Vrána will be the only Czech.