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The Mantha Plan

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Anthony Mantha already has a jump on his goals as the Detroit Red Wings play out the remainder of their lost season.

He faces his second game since a long injury layoff Thursday at New Jersey having pocketed two points in his comeback. Mantha is a key figure in the rebuild, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound winger with power forward capabilities. He spent seven weeks recovering from a punctured lung and other injuries after a pre-Christmas fracas, and is determined to maximize the remaining eight weeks of the season.

“Play great hockey for 20-something games,” Mantha said Tuesday at KeyBank Center. “For me, maybe a goal would be a point-a-game until the end of the season. That’s personal. But getting a couple wins together for next year and things like that would be great.”...

“He played a great game,” Dylan Larkin said. “He’s a big body for us. He moves his feet really well. For a guy that’s missed that much time, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone come back and look like they haven’t missed a beat. You could tell the past seven weeks when he’s been out, he’s done everything to give him a chance and be ready for his first game back.”

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Paul's avatar

Ericsson clears waivers.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/12/20 at 01:08 PM ET

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For me, maybe a goal would be a point-a-game until the end of the season.

How about just focusing not doing anything stupid to get yourself injured again?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 02/12/20 at 02:00 PM ET

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For me, maybe a goal would be a point-a-game until the end of the season.

How about just focusing not doing anything stupid to get yourself injured again?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 02/12/20 at 01:00 PM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 02/12/20 at 02:08 PM ET

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How about just focusing not doing anything stupid to get yourself injured again?

Yeah, he should have known that Muzzin was going to slew foot and then body slam him.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 02/12/20 at 02:49 PM ET

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Yeah, he should have known that Muzzin was going to slew foot and then body slam him.

He should’ve known that jumping into something that had nothing to do with him, sucker-punching someone and then grabbing that from behind in a two-armed headlock and trying to twist his head off might provoke some kind of reaction, yes. Absolutely.

Any professional hockey player who doesn’t know that should have a parent or guardian making his decisions for him.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 02/12/20 at 03:28 PM ET

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Turns out I’m not the only one who thinks he needs to be smarter too.

https://www.mlive.com/redwings/2020/02/anthony-mantha-back-and-red-wings-hope-hes-smart-about-confrontations.html

But let’s blame Muzzin. He should’ve been more considerate of the guy suckered him and then grabbed him, trying to twist his three hundred and sixty degrees.

Won’t someone please think of Anthony Mantha, the TRUE victim in all of this?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 02/12/20 at 03:33 PM ET

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sucker-punching someone and then grabbing that from behind in a two-armed headlock and trying to twist his head off

Being a wee bit dramatic here, aren’t we? Now I understand why you think it was an equal and appropriate response. Muzzin’s life was in danger!

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 02/12/20 at 04:20 PM ET

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I just watched the play in question again twice.

Really really dirty needlessly-dangerous action by Muzzin.

Even at real speed in the heat of the moment, there is no
excuse for slew-footing and slamming a defenseless opponent
backwards when there is absolutely nothing between their head/back/ribs
and the ice.

It’s not unusual to see a guy even in the midst of throwing haymakers
grab the other combatant’s jersey, etc on the way down or try to get a glove or turn their body so they don’t hit the back of their head on the ice.

Muzzin deserves to suffer an equivalent injury in a fair fight and miss as much time - ideally Toronto’s entire stretch run and playoffs, if any.

We all know how much time Mantha’s missed and that he has to be more careful about his hands and helmets and balance and squaring up. But honestly Muzzin deserves to get the sh!t kicked out of him for pulling that move. Dangerous. Zero respect for the safety of your opponent.

I don’t care whether it’s Mantha or someone else, but Mantha has ended up doing this sort of thing because he’s about the only guy his size on the roster who is willing. There’s a reason many good teams still dress enforcers and a number of other tough legit NHL players who aren’t also their team’s top power forward and one of their best offensive players. I hope to see more of both Smith and McIlrath for those reasons.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/12/20 at 04:27 PM ET

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I hope to see more of both Smith and McIlrath for those reasons.

I second that idea.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/12/20 at 07:16 PM ET

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Mantha in no way shape or form sucker punched Muzzin he came right at him and glove washed him, happens in front of the net 2-3x a game

you go stick your nose in scrums that’s a possibility tho

having rewatched the play, I do think it was dirty after originally not considering it that bad, much more slew foot than tackle but still not the calculated version imo

Smith and/or McIlrath wouldn’t be on the ice with Mantha. Maybe they could’ve gotten revenge but it’s doubtful in today’s game a fighter does much in genera. Around that time McIrath might’ve been dressed anyways

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 02/12/20 at 08:47 PM ET

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