Anthony Mantha didn’t expect it. The Detroit Red Wings became a first-round pick in 2013, and he only knows one organization in the National Hockey League (NHL). On November 3, he also signed a four-year contract with Wings worth 22.8 million U.S. dollars.
Mansha said in a telephone interview with The Wall Street Journal: “We never talked about the possibility of trading.” This really surprised me. I played in Carolina that night. I play pre before going to bed as usual, ready to fight for “Wing”. I woke up at 3:30 in the afternoon, which was 30 minutes behind the transaction deadline. I received a text message from Steve Yzerman, telling me to call him.
“I called him immediately and he told me that I had just been traded to the Washington capital,” he continued. The conversation lasted about a minute. Time is short, it’s business. no feeling. “
Such a short conversation may sound cruel, but it is nothing unusual.
The NHL general manager will tell you that it is best to stay away from feelings and be straightforward.
For Mansha, this is the beginning of a new adventure. In his organization known as “Hockey Town,” he closed a chapter for nearly seven seasons.
He said: “It’s totally different to me.” We won’t hide it. In Detroit, we are in reconstruction mode. In Washington, I joined a mentality of fighting to win the Stanley Cup. I went from one extreme to another. “
“Personally and my career, I think this may be positive. I can’t wait to discover the playoffs, which will be an important step in my career. I hope I can help the team transition from a series To another series.”
Before the transaction deadline, the capital has the largest gains. In order to lure Mansa to Washington, General Motors’ Brian McClellan ceded winger Yakub Flaner and the first-round pick to McLaren in 2021. In the same agreement, Mike Leiland also made a second round pick in the 2022 wingspan, thus breaking up with Richard Pennick.
In the first four games in Washington, Mantha lived up to his reputation as a scorer. The 6’5-inch, 234-pound winger scored four goals in addition to assists. In the first four encounters with Caps, he reached his goal.
“Anthony has been showing great things since our debut,” head coach Peter Laviolette said after losing 6-3 to the Bruins on Sunday afternoon. He is big, he is fast, he can play games. This is a good start, but I want to believe that Anthony can bring us more choices. “
This is precisely the capital’s bet. In Washington, Mansha can take his game to the next level. Yes, he has played 24 and 25 goals for the Red Wings season, but he is thought to have not yet reached his full potential.