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ANTHONY MANTHA WAS REPORTEDLY IN DETROIT'S 'DOGHOUSE' BEFORE BEING TRADED

APR 13, 2021  (13H45)      TIM TUCKER
Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman pulled off the trade of the deadline Monday, exchanging former first-round pick Anthony Mantha for a big haul. In return, Detroit got a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2022 Draft, as well as forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik. While it seemed like a great deal for the Wings, there were still many that were surprised Yzerman would decide to trade away a 26-year-old who is in year one of a four-year extension worth $5.75 million per season. According to Elliotte Friedman on his 31 Thoughts podcast, there were reasons why Detroit was willing to pull the trigger besides the big return.

"I think Mantha was kind of in the Detroit dog house," said Friedman. "When I reported that Detroit was willing to move anyone not named [Moritz] Seider, [Lucas] Raymond, or [Dylan] Larkin, it was because I had heard the Red Wings had basically said, 'this rebuild is going to be longer than we realized.' And they signed Mantha to a big extension this year...and I think they knew that by the time they were ready to be really good that Mantha might be at the end of that deal. And so, I see a lot of reasons that maybe we could have seen this coming. But I don't think that anyone really had any clue."

Jeff Marek, who was co-hosting the podcast with Friedman, agreed.

"It seems as if right from the get-go... that you almost got the sense that there was no way this was going to be a long-term relationship between these two parties."

Mantha definitely has a chance to shine in Washington, and did so in his debut with the team, getting a goal and an assist. As for Detroit, Vrana has a lot of potential himself and is a year younger than Mantha. Panik was essentially a contract that the Caps wanted to dump and Detroit was willing to take on in order to get the two draft picks.

Source: 31 Thoughts
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SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
52283967
MITCH MARNER
54204767
PATRICK KANE
+2
55155166
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
50402565
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
ALEX DEBRINCAT
+2
51312354
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
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NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 9, 2021 G A PTS
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
1 2 3
MATTHEW TKACHUK
1 2 3
ALEX DEBRINCAT
2 - 2
MARK GIORDANO
1 1 2
BRANDON HAGEL
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
- 2 2
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 - 1
DILLON DUBE
1 - 1
MACKENZIE ENTWISTLE
1 - 1
DENIS GURIANOV
1 - 1
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