26-year-old Anthony Mantha's last hockey game dates back to March 10.
It is because the Detroit Red Wings, current number 39 club, did not take part in the summer relaunch tournament of the National Hockey League (NHL). As the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to be running out, Commissioner Gary Bettman had, last June, proposed a playoff format involving the 24 most deserving teams on the circuit in terms of their winning percentage.
But the Detroit roster was, at the time of the suspension, the last in the NHL. The players of the team, Mantha at the top of the list, have therefore been inactive for almost seven months now.
“It's long. I won't lie to you, ”Mantha first said in an interview with JiC .
“I've been back to Detroit for a couple of weeks and I'm training with the guys. It's like we are in the middle of the season, but I realize that we are really far from a comeback. ”
In Detroit … to stay there?
If he does not sign a deal with Detroit soon, Mantha will become a restricted free agent in a fortnight.
Impossible to say with certainty if it is a concrete index, but the Quebecer has just acquired a brand new property … in the suburbs of the city of Michigan!
How should the average hockey fan perceive this purchase?
“There are currently talks with the Wings,” said the big right winger. However, we have not yet found an agreement. Hope this can be sorted out quickly as I would like to stay in Detroit. But this is not done for the moment. ”
JiC , aware of recent trade rumors involving the former Val-d'Or Foreurs, then revived Mantha on his previous answer.
“Is it really your wish to stay with the Red Wings for your entire career?”
“Absolutely!” Mantha replied, with an assurance that left no room for interpretation.
And what is Mantha looking for on a contractual level?
“I would like to get on long term with the Wings. The big contract offers you support in your future years and your personal projects. We are not closed to the idea of signing a contract for a shorter period, but we will see … ”
Flowers in Krug
A native of Michigan, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has often been associated with the Red Wings in recent weeks.
Asked about it, Mantha did not hesitate to praise the merits of the small back.
“Krug has had wonderful years in Boston. Of course, if we could attract him to Detroit, it really wouldn't be bad. ”