The Detroit Red Wings have just concluded a very important piece of business.
According to a breaking news report from Detroit Red wings insider Ansar Khan the Red Wings have signed 23 year old winger Anthony Mantha to a multi year contract. Khan reports that this new contract will be a two year deal and that the average annual value and salary cap hit for Mantha will be $3.3 million per season. No other details regarding the structure of the deal or the clauses that may be attached to it has been made available to the public at this time.
Fans in Detroit will likely be very satisfied with the terms of the deal, especially considering the contracts that the Red Wings have handed out to some of their players in recent years. Not only has Ken Holland not overpaid here by giving Mantha just $3.3 million but this two year bridge deal is also a very team friendly term for the Red Wings. Once the two year term of this contract has expired the Red Wings will still retain full control over Mantha who will once again become an unrestricted free agent.
The Red Wings likely weren't willing to make a longer term commitment to Mantha at the kind of money that would have convinced him to sign such a deal and for Mantha this now gives him two more years to establish himself as a core member of this new look Red Wings line up. Mantha could in theory earn himself a higher payday down the line while Detroit will get two years to see how Mantha gels with their two first round picks in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft, forwards Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno.
This concludes one of the two really big pieces of business that Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland had to take care of this summer with the other of course being the signing of Detroit's other high profile restricted free agent Dylan Larkin. Larkin will be the true test of Holland's negotiating prowess as he is likely in line for a much more significant deal than the one that Mantha has received today.
It's been a very exciting summer for the Red Wings and their fan base thus far and it is not over just yet.
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