Jakub Vrana Traded To St. Louis Blues For 7th Round Pick And Dylan McLaughlin

Former Washington Capitals Forward Jakub Vrana has been traded from the Detroit Red Wings to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 7th round pick and forward Dylan McLaughlin.

Vrana played just 28 games over his first two full seasons with Detroit due to shoulder surgery prior to last season and entrance into the NHL/NHLPA’s player assistance program last October.

Vrana was reinstated by the NHL on December 16 and assigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins recently for a conditioning stint.

Vrana has played just 40 NHL games since arriving at the trade deadline on April 12. 2021, in the deal that sent left-wing Anthony Mantha to Washington. However, over his quick tenure in Detroit, Vrana has scored 22 goals with 32 points (including a one-goal, two-point game in a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, his last NHL game on October 15).

Vrana, who cleared waivers on January 4, has two years left on a contract that counts $5.25 million against the NHL salary cap.

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.

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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5 Responses to Jakub Vrana Traded To St. Louis Blues For 7th Round Pick And Dylan McLaughlin

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, hopefully Vrana gets it together in St. Louis. For the record, Mantha lasted longer with the Caps

    • hockeydruid says:

      Maybe St Louis will want Mantha to have so that they can pair him on a line with Varna!! How about a 5th or a 6th rounder for him.

      • Anonymous says:

        You joke, but Mantha is actually a good fit for the Blues, and I’m sure Berube could get the most out of him.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good luck, Stanley Cup Champion Jakub Vrana.

  3. novafyre says:

    Detroit got Dylan, a 7th round draft pick, and some cap space (retained half of Vrana’s salary). Dylan was playing for the Blue’s AHL Thunderbirds. Detroit immediately loaned him back to the Thunderbirds, not their own AHL team. So Dylan doesn’t even have to pack his bags. How badly did Detroit want to be rid of Vrana? This to me is pretty telling.

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