Red Wings' Vrana enters NHL/NHL player assistance program

The league and the union made the announcement Wednesday. They did not specify why he entered the program.

Vrana will be paid while he is receiving treatment. The program administrators will determine when he's cleared to compete for the Red Wings.

The 26-year-old Vrana who is from the Czech Republic, has 98 goals and 91 assists in 323 career regular-season games. He was selected by Washington with the No. 13 pick in the 2014 draft.

The Red Wings acquired Vrana in a trade with the Capitals in April 2021, along with Richard Panik, a first- and second-round pick in exchange for Anthony Mantha. A little more than a year ago, the Red Wings gave him a three-year contract worth $5.25 million per season.

The NHL and NHLPA started the player assistance program in 1996, giving players access to a confidential phone line and counselors in each city in the league. The jointly funded group assists players and their families with mental health, substance abuse and other matters.