As the NHL’s trade deadline came and went on Monday, it looked like the Red Wings had remained relatively quiet, until the late-breaking news that they had sent forward Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals, first reported by Kevin Weekes.
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) April 12, 2021
The “more” ended up being a first round draft pick in 2021 and a second round draft pick in 2022.
As I mentioned on Twitter, the longer the Wings went without moving some of their depth pieces, the more it was looking like the 2018 deadline, where Detroit had to sell Tomas Tatar just to get anything of value back. And Mantha was primed to be this year’s Tatar, so this doesn’t come as a complete shock.
I’ll be honest, I can’t stand Richard Panik. I pulled up CapFriendly to see how long he’s signed for and audibly sighed: Through 2023 with a $2.75 million salary cap hit. My hope right now is that Seattle claims him in the expansion draft this summer but I’m not expecting it.
Jakub Vrana is a restricted free agent this summer. He’s 25 so the Wings get a little younger there. With 25 points, he immediately slots in as Detroit’s top scorer.
It’s clear that the picks are the big win for Detroit, though.
I’m not okay with how the rest of the deadline went, and I’ll write about that later, but this is a good deal for Detroit.