from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,
So today, we’re trying to identify one trade candidate for every team in the off-season… whenever that may be. For our purposes, we’re not including pending UFAs, whose rights could still be moved after the conclusion of a season.
Detroit Red Wings: Anthony Mantha
We’ll say that it’s probably not likely Mantha gets moved — after all, he’s in his prime, will be 26 next season, and Detroit still needs players to score if they’re going to emerge out of this rebuild any time soon. But Mantha could also bring a haul of futures back to the Red Wings if they decide to do that rather than re-sign him to a big-money contract this off-season. He’s still an RFA, but the Wings would likely be buying up some UFA years as well, which would bring up the price.
“It will be complicated, I think,” Mantha said to the Detroit News about his upcoming contract negotiations. “But it’s not in my power. My power is to play hockey. My agent and Stevie are going to talk, maybe they’ve started. I don’t even know.
“It’s hard to base right now. I played 40 games this year. I missed so many games, so it’s hard to go for the extension before the end of the year. We’ll see in the off-season.”
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