Vrana, a 25-year-old Czech, had eight goals and three assists in 11 games last season with the Red Wings after they acquired him in a major operation just before the NHL trades. The Washington Capitals sent Vrana, Richard Panik, a 2021 first-round and 2022 second-round pick to Detroit for Anthony Mantha.
Vrana had 36 points in 50 games last season. He has scored 84 career goals and 168 assists in five seasons. He has three game-winning goals in 11 games for the Red Wings after scoring three goals in Washington last season.
The Capitals drafted Vrana with the No.13 pick in 2014, two picks ahead of Detroit-selected center Dylan Larkin.
The Red Wings recently re-signed left winger Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year contract for $ 4.75 million, keeping another key player for their rebuilding effort.
General manager Steve Yzerman took advantage of his cap this offseason by acquiring Carolina Hurricanes rookie goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic for the 94th draft pick and the rights of pending goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Detroit signed Nedeljkovic to a two-year, $ 6 million contract, slightly less than what the 25-year-old could have gotten in an arbitration hearing.
Yzerman also appeared to make a savvy move early in free agency, signing Pius Suter, 25, to a two-year contract for $ 3.25 million per season after the Swiss forward had 14 goals and 13. Assists as a rookie last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
While the Red Wings will have many new players when the season kicks off in two months, they will have the same coach for a seventh season. Yzerman decided in May to give Blashill a contract extension despite a five-year post-season drought and a career-high 172-221-62.