Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan expects to begin contract extension talks with Jakub Vrana and his camp sometime during January, and he is comfortable with giving the winger a long-term contract rather than a “bridge” deal.

MacLellan met with reporters Friday for a midseason update.

“Since we’ve drafted him, he’s been a big priority,” MacLellan said of Vrana. “He’s an offensive skill guy. We’re just starting to touch what he can do in the NHL. We want to have him around for a long time.”