Detroit Red Wings send Anthony Mantha to Washington in trade deadline deal


Detroit – General Manager Steve Yzerman was very successful in the final minutes of Monday’s NHL trading deadline.

The Wings exchanged striker Anthony Mantha in the Washington Capitals for strikers Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, one selection for the first round in 2021 and one selection for the second round in 2022.

Mantha, 26, signed a four-year deal worth $ 22.8 million prior to the season but had a disappointing year.

Although Mantha has scored more than 20 goals twice in his career, he has only 11 goals and 10 assists in 42 games this season.

Vrana, 25, is a left wing who has 11 goals and 14 assists in 39 games this season. The previous selection for the 2014 first round had 25 goals and 27 assists in 69 games last season in Washington and has scored over 20 goals in one season twice in his career.

Panik, 30, is a right wing who has three goals and six assists in 36 games.

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Jakub Vrana 2020-21, career statistics

Anthony Mantha 2020-21, career statistics

Yzerman, who is expected to speak to the media later Monday afternoon, did most of his other trading work over the weekend. But this step dwarfs the others.

Defender Jon Merrill has been sent to Montreal to bring in a striker and potential striker Hayden Verbeek in the fifth round in 2021.

Defenseman Patrik Nemeth was sent to Colorado for a fourth round draft in 2022.

The Wings also got a pick for the fourth round in 2021 from Tampa for acting as a middleman between Tampa Bay and Columbus, taking on a salary on the contract from defense attorney David Savard (Savard ended up in Tampa).

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