The Red Wings locked down a cornerstone on Tuesday, inking Anthony Mantha to a four-year deal worth 5.7M per.
This is a tremendous deal for Detroit in the now. First, it does not contain an NTC or NMC. It also comes nearly a million per year below the expected four-year cap hit as projected by Evolving-Hockey.
It isn't the worst for the 26-year-old, Mantha either. He'll be a UFA at 29 and likely coming out of his prime-production campaigns. If the Wings don't want to pay his freight, some team surely will.
Just like the other major pieces in Detroit, I like Mantha to see further gains as the club claws their way out of the gutter. The former 20th overall selection from 2013 has watched his point-per-game average increase from 0.60 to 0.72 to 0.88 over the last three campaigns. That's while maintaining a very sustainable shooting percentage and secondary assist rate. Excellent signals for continued production.
He's a big boy too, so the timing of his impact should be well-placed in this coming season – his fifth full campaign.