Mann on Vrana: Bears Lose a “Game-Changer” – 11/5

Jakub Vrana works against the Hartford Wolf Pack on opening night at GIANT Center. Photo Courtesy JustSports Photography.

Jakub Vrana works against the Hartford Wolf Pack on opening night at GIANT Center. Photo Courtesy JustSports Photography.

Good morning from the Den!

As the Bears get set to return to practice today (a shorter one, having played yesterday morning at Bridgeport and having two games on the horizon), head coach Troy Mann sat down for a bit this morning to talk about the injured Jakub Vrana.

Yesterday, the Washington Capitals announced that Vrana underwent successful surgery on his wrist in the morning.  Per the club, he is expected to return to full workouts in about three weeks, but his return to a game would be approximately 3-4 months away.

Mann said that Vrana was aspiring to be a “game-changer” – comparing him to the Bears’ leading scorer and three-time Calder Cup champion Chris Bourque.  He also said that the team needs to find a way to pick up slack, and since Vrana’s injury, the Bears are 2-1-0-1.  The club has also buried four goals in three straight games – a very good accomplishment.

Here is a bit of Troy’s conversation from this morning on Vrana:

 

The Bears will hit the road tomorrow for the first game this season in Allentown, a 7:05 PM matchup with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  Former Bears winger Chris Conner has been reassigned by Philadelphia, and the Bears should see him play.

The St. John’s IceCaps then finish off the Bears’ week of games on Saturday here at GIANT Center.  Face-off is at 7PM and great seats are still available.  St. John’s also finishes 11 days on the road with this one… and they will be hungry to avenge last Saturday’s 4-2 loss.

More to come.

-Stucc