Detroit Red Wings’ rebuild just got a significant boost as the team managed to lock star forward Anthony Mantha to a long-term deal.
Red Wings announced on Tuesday that they have signed Mantha to a new four-year contract that will keep him with the franchise through 2023/24. This is the first deal longer than two years that Detroit’s general manager Steve Yzerman handed out during his tenure.
Reportedly, Mantha’s new deal will net him $5.7 million annually and $22.8 million in the next four years.
“Everyone knows we’re in a rebuilding phase,” said Mantha after inking the extension. “Him signing me to a four-year deal also tells me he sees me as part of the future of the team, part of the guys that are going to help the team win, and that is the pressure that comes with it.”
Anthony Mantha has been a star in the making for Red Wings ever since making his NHL debut during the 2016/17 NHL seasons. Although he has some struggles with injuries, Mantha managed to keep consistent productions and already has 173 points (84 goals and 89 assists) in 260 career NHL appearances.
Red Wings now hope that he can take a step further next season and firmly establish himself as one of their key players. If this happens, there is no doubt that Detroit will soon have a competitive NHL team once again.