We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the wait is over and the Washington Capitals have signed Jakub Vrana to a “two-year, $6.7 million contract,” according to senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan. The “bridge contract” will give Vrana a chance to prove he is an elite hockey player worth a long-term commitment and, hopefully, give the Caps time to sort out the mess they have made of the salary cap. It’s a good agreement all around.
We’ve liked Vrana from the first time we saw him at camp and then in Hershey. He has been a solid player with a style that frequently reminds us of Alex Ovechkin. He was a key component in the team that won the Stanley Cup: he scored a total of three goals and eight assists in the greatest post season ever.
Jakub Vrana continues to surprise us- like that scrum he had against the Bolts this past season. He showed he has the guts and tenacity to do what it takes for his teammates. There is much more we expect to see and are hopeful he will make more of this opportunity then former pal Andre Burakovsky was able to do with his bridge contract.
Here is the official word from the Caps on what they like about the 23 year-old from Czech Republic:
“Jakub is a highly skilled player with a tremendous upside and is a big part of our future,” said MacLellan. “We are pleased with his development the past two seasons and are looking forward for him to continue to develop and reach his full potential with our organization.”