Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman made a major move to stoke the rebuild.
He traded Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals in return for a first-round pick in 2021, a second-round pick in 2022 and forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik.
Vrana is a former first-round pick. He has 11 goals and 14 assists in 39 games. Panik has three goals and six assists in 36 games.
It was a bold move by Yzerman, trading a 6-foot-5, 234-pound forward who he signed to a four-year, $22.8 million contract in the offseason. But Mantha, 26, performed this season as he has his entire NHL career: Inconsistently. Given his size and skill he should be noticed regularly, but there were games when his effort lacked.
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