Canadiens Should Target Capitals’ Mantha & Offload Armia
– The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) June 5, 2023
Joel Armia and Anthony Mantha’s days in Montreal and Washington are numbered. On the one hand, Mantha was a good player in Detroit, and on the other, he was the key player in a deal with the Washington Capitals.
In retrospect, that big trade at the time has aged really badly. Another big piece of that trade was Jakob Vrana, and only God knows what happened to that one…
Mantha is a problem in Washington, paid $5.9 million annually. At least he only has one season left on his deal. And Armia is a problem in Montreal for reasons we all know. So why don’t the two general managers trade their problem?
At this point, Armia has no value, being paid $3.4 million for two more seasons. Mantha is being paid a little more, but Montreal doesn’t need the salary boost right now (unlike the Caps).
As written in the text above, Mantha could be a Denis Gurianov 2.0. He could be acquired for nothing, and it’s a low-risk, high-reward deal. Why is that? Because if he does well, Kent Hughes could offer him a contract extension. If not, he’ll let him go like Gurianov. At 28, he’s still relatively young.
The interesting thing about Anthony Mantha is that he’s from Quebec. A return to his native province certainly couldn’t hurt. And anyway, I’d much rather have a guy like him (a big, left-handed forward) than a guy like Armia who performs one game out of 20.
By the way, my colleague Marc-Olivier Cook discussed the possibility of sending the Finn to the ballot this morning. If we’re going to do that, we might as well send him elsewhere, and perhaps Hughes could acquire a prospect or draft pick in return for Mantha’s contract?
Christian Jakub Dvorak signs with Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Jakub Dvořák to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Dvořák was the Kings’ 2nd round (54th overall) pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. pic.twitter.com/FxusMv9YDn
– Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) July 15, 2023
– Mike Hoffman in Chicago? [HF]
– Juraj Slafkovsky in the back row, obviously.
Gosh this is bad.
Matthews should be ahead of Bedard.
Hischier should be ahead of Lafreniere, Power and Dahlin.
But at least they got McDavid / Slaf right by default. https://t.co/o9iyV0diRS
– Mitch Gallo (@MitchyGallo) July 15, 2023
– Gatineau stays in California.
Two-part contract for Benoit-Olivier Groulx with the Duckshttps://t.co/e6d14TfkjW
– RDS (@RDSca) July 15, 2023
– Allan Walsh has a good point.
Fact: Any NHL team can sign an offer sheet with another teams Restricted Free Agent at $1,415,740 AAV or less for no compensation (while the other team does maintain a right to match). Never made any sense why NHL teams don’t use this tool that exists within the CBA more often.
– Allan Walsh🏒 (@walsha) July 15, 2023