It may be the dog days of the off-season, but Steve Yzerman never stops working.
The Detroit Red Wings locked in one of their best young weapons on Tuesday morning, agreeing to terms with forwarding, Jakub Vrana on a three-year deal worth an average annual value of $5.25 million.
The deal, which was reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, not only keeps Vrana in Detroit through the 2023-24 season, but it allows both sides to avoid the grueling process of arbitration, as well. And when faced with the possibility of facing off against Yzerman in an arbitration hearing, it's probably best to settle beforehand.
Vrana is arguably the best player on the Red Wings roster heading into next season. The 25-year-old, who came to Detroit in exchange for Anthony Mantha at this past trade deadline, had a phenomenal 2021 season, putting up 36 points in 50 games including a dazzling 11 points in 11 games as a Red Wing.
But it's the potential that truly gets Red Wings fans excited about their newest young scorer.
While logging around just 14 minutes per night as a secondary piece with the Capitals over the past four seasons, Vrana still established himself as a 20-goal scorer with the ability to top 50 points in any given year, all while not sacrificing much on the defensive end. In Detroit, however, Vrana is the go-to option. And with an increased role, the sky is the limit.
With Vrana penciled onto the top line, the Red Wings' rebuild is slowly shifting into a new phase. Watch out.