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Red Wings Ink Mantha To Two-Year Deal

He led the Red Wings with 24 goals last season.

July 11, 2018 - 4:03 pm

Anthony Mantha went into the offseason expecting to sign a bridge deal with the Red Wings, and he got one on Wednesday. Detroit inked Mantha to a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $3.3 million, per Ansar Khan

Mantha, who turns 24 in September, led the Red Wings with 24 goals in 2017-18, his first full NHL season. He also solidified his relationship with coach Jeff Blashill

Along with Tyler Bertuzzi and Andreas Athanasiou, Mantha is the third of four key resctricted free agents Ken Holland has signed this offseason. Dylan Larkin is the last one left. Unlike the first three, Larkin could secure a long-term deal. 

Mantha was hopeful for a short-term deal heading into the offseason because it would give him the chance to prove he's worth more down the road. 

"I think I can bring more to my hockey game right now, so I think I would go bridge contract and see how it goes," he said. 

The Red Wings expect more growth out of Mantha next season, and Mantha expects the same. 

"I want to be a big-impact player on this team, and I think this year I’ve made strides," he said. "I don’t think I’ve reached my full potential yet."