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Vrana activated off injured reserve; DeKeyser placed on IR

In advance of his return to the lineup on Tuesday, Jakub Vrana has been activated off the Detroit Red Wings’ injured reserve list.

In a corresponding move, the Red Wings placed defenseman Danny DeKeyser on injured reserve for undisclosed reasons. The 32-year-old veteran cleared waivers earlier on Tuesday after being made available to the NHL’s other 31 teams the day before.

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Vrana is expected to make his 2021–22 season debut with the Red Wings on Tuesday after missing the first 56 games of the year while recovering from shoulder surgery. He became a Red Wing at the 2021 trade deadline as part of the deal that sent Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals.

DeKeyser has spent much of 2021–22 as Moritz Seider’s defense partner on the Red Wings’ top pairing. He’s in the final season of the six-year, $5 million-AAV contract he signed with Detroit back in 2016.

Expect Vrana to start on Detroit’s second line with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. Vrana scored eight goals and 11 points in 11 games with the Red Wings in the 2020–21 season.

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