After Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman revealed the significant gap between the arbitration “asks” of Jakub Vrana and the Red Wings, all ahead of Wednesday’s salary arbitration hearing in Toronto, MLive’s Ansar Khan examined Vrana’s case for his requested $5.7 million salary:
Vrana is asking for $5.7 million per season and the Red Wings are offering $3.65 million, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
The arbitrator can award any figure in between. Since Vrana filed for arbitration, the Red Wings can choose a one- or two-year deal through arbitration. They surely will opt for one year, so that Vrana remains a restricted free agent next summer, as opposed to two years, which would take him to unrestricted free agency in 2023. But the sides can agree to a longer term as well.
Vrana, 25, is coming off a two-year contract valued at $3.35 million a season. He tallied 19 goals and 36 points in 50 games, including eight goals and 11 points in 11 games with Detroit following a trade from Washington.
Vrana over the past four seasons has compiled 81 goals and 162 points in 274 games, averaging 14:01 in ice time. Mantha during the same time frame has 80 goals and 163 points in 246 games, whole averaging 17:54 in ice time.
The Red Wings signed Mantha to a four-year, $22.8 million contact in November ($5.7 million average value).
Continued; as Khan notes, Adam Erne’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for August 21st, and the Wings still have to re-sign restricted free agents Filip Hronek and Givani Smith.