The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have re-signed forward Jakub Vrana to a two-year contract that carries a cap hit of $3.35 million per season. The 23-year-old became a restricted free agent on July 1.
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Vrana’s 24 goals last season were third on the Capitals only behind captain Alex Ovechkin (51) and forward T.J. Oshie (25). He set career-highs in goals, assists (23) points (47), plus-minus (+20), and games (82) this past season. He was held scoreless and posted a -1 rating in seven games during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Capitals’ General Manager Brian MacLellan told the media a few weeks ago that he initially wanted to sign Vrana to a long-term contract but expected to sign him shorter-term after the salary cap decreased to $81.5 million from the initially projected $83 million.
With Vrana now under contract, the Capitals have $935,706 left in cap space with forward Chandler Stephenson and defenseman Christian Djoos still left to sign. Both became restricted free agents on July 1 and filed for salary arbitration prior to the deadline to do so on July 5. Djoos’ hearing is scheduled to take place on July 22 while Stephenson’s is set to happen on August 1. They can both sign a contract at any time before the arbitrator rewards each a contract.
“Jakub is a highly skilled player with a tremendous upside and is a big part of our future,” said MacLellan. “We are pleased with his development the past two seasons and are looking forward for him to continue to develop and reach his full potential with our organization.”
The Capitals selected Vrana 14th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. In 176 career NHL games (all with the Capitals), the native of Prague, Czech Republic, has posted 40 goals, 80 points, and a +24 rating.
Vrana posted three goals, eight points, and a +5 rating in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2018.
He will become a restricted free agent again in 2021, though he will get arbitration rights then.
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The Capitals signed Jakub Vrana to a two year, $6.7 million contract today. Vrana set career highs last season in goals, assists and points. He became the sixth player in franchise history to record at least 23 goals at even strength in a single season before the age of 24 and the first since Alex Ovechkin (2008-09).