Mantha signs four-year contract with Red Wings

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Anthony Mantha signed a four-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old forward has become a restricted free agent after scoring 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games for the Red Wings last season despite 28 games missed due to injury.It is the longest contract a Red Wings player has signed since Steve Yzerman became general manager on April 19, 2019. Detroit (17-49-5, .275 percentage points) had the fewest points in the NHL last season and missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for four consecutive seasons.

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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



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