Detroit Red Wings trade Anthony Mantha to Washington Capitals for draft picks, more

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Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
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Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman made a major move to stoke the rebuild.

He traded Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals in return for a first-round pick in 2021, a second-round pick in 2022 and forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik.

Vrana is a former first-round pick. He has 11 goals and 14 assists in 39 games. Panik has three goals and six assists in 36 games.

It was a bold move by Yzerman, trading a 6-foot-5, 234-pound forward who he signed to a four-year, $22.8 million contract in the offseason. But Mantha, 26, performed this season as he has his entire NHL career: Inconsistently. Given his size and skill he should be noticed regularly, but there were games were his effort lacked.

Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) defends against Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan MacInnis (49) during first period action Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) defends against Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan MacInnis (49) during first period action Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

That didn't sit well with Yzerman, who took the GM job two years ago.

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