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Mantha has said he appreciates the faith the Red Wings have shown him.
“Everyone knows we are in a rebuilding phase,” Mantha said. ” [Yzerman] Signing me on a four year contract also tells me that he sees me as part of the future of the team, part of the guys who are going to help the team win, and that’s the pressure that goes with that. ”
Mantha scored four career-high NHL goals in Detroit’s home opener against the Dallas Stars on October 6, 2019, becoming the first Red Wings player since John Sorrell in 1933-34 to have a four-goal game in the Red Wings opener. Play at home.
He scored a career-high 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) for Detroit in 80 games in 2017-18 and tied that with 48 (25 goals, 23 assists) in 67 games in 2018-19.
“The process was a long process, but my agent (Pat Brisson) was telling me things were going in the right direction,” Mantha said. “So I kind of needed to trust him at that point. Even we weren’t asking for arbitration, again that was my agent’s call. He said things were going in the right direction. [My agent said,] “I need you to trust me, trust Stevie.” He’s a man of his word, so we’ll get there.
NHL.com editor Tracey Myers contributed to this report