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Red Wings F Vrana unclaimed on waivers

Detroit Red Wings Jakub Vrana - The Canadian Press

Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana has cleared waivers after being waived on Tuesday. 

The 26-year-old recently returned from the NHL/NHLPA Players Assistance Program and was assigned to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning loan. 

He entered the program on Oct. 19 and was reinstated on Dec. 19. 

Vrana has skated in two NHL games this season, recording a goal and an assist. He played in only 26 games last season due to shoulder surgery. 

The Red Wings activated Robby Fabbri from injured reserve and assigned Vrana to the AHL after he cleared Wednesday.

A first-round pick (No. 13) by the Washington Capitals at the 2014 NHL Draft, he helped the franchise win its first-ever Stanley Cup championship in 2018. He was dealt to the Red Wings in April 2021, along with Richard Panik, a first- and second-round pick in exchange for Anthony Mantha. 

He is in the second season of a three-year, $15.75 million with an average annual value of $5.25 million. 

The Prague, Czechia native has 98 goals and 189 points in 323 career NHL games.