Jakub Vrána’s Status For Tuesday’s Game Against Capitals Remains TBD

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It’s hard to believe that Jakub Vrána hasn’t been back to Capital One Arena since he was traded for Anthony Mantha back on April 12, 2021, almost two full years ago. But because of injuries, a global pandemic and personal challenges Vrana faced, that’s indeed the case.

Vrana missed last year’s Capitals-Red Wings game in the District due to a shoulder injury he sustained at the start of the season. Vrana missed the Red Wings first visit to DC earlier this season back in mid-December because of his stint in the NHL’s player assistance program.

Vrana was waived by the Red Wings on January 3, cleared waivers on January 4, and was re-assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL. He was recalled by the Red Wings on February 15, but has yet to play in a game.

In 284 career games with Washington, Vrana has recorded 76 goals, 157 points, and a +36 rating. He set career-highs in goals (25) and points (52) in 69 games during the 2019-20 season. He had no points and a combined -8 rating in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff games from 2019-20 when Washington was eliminated in the first round both times after recording three goals and eight points in 23 games during the 2018 tournament.

Washington GM Brian MacLellan said he saw a “frustrated player” in Vrana in terms of his body language and the team wanted to move on from that. Head coach Peter Laviolette scratched Vrana twice before the team traded him and never seemed to click with the young Czech after the team hired him.

Washington hosts Detroit on Tuesday, February 21 for the final meeting of the season between the two teams.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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10 Responses to Jakub Vrána’s Status For Tuesday’s Game Against Capitals Remains TBD

  1. Anonymous says:

    He has to play. I’m sure Caps have the usual video ready for him.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let Jake Play!

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    He seems to be the designated “13th forward”, as Protas is for the Caps at the moment. As in entering the lineup when someone else gets hurt?

    If the Caps play a tribute video to him, would they pan to the press box where he’s sitting? Or work out some deal where he can come to the gate of the visitors’ locker room to wave to the crowd?

  4. hockeydruid says:

    Just a thought….he plays an has 3 goals and 2 assists just the revenge factor and hate factor for trading him. Meanwhile Mantha plays and skates 23 minutes and gets bubkes! Great beneficial trade GMBM!!

  5. Matt says:

    Hmmm doesn’t really sound like it’s a question on of he will play or not it’s who they Won’t play so he can to me….

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