DetroitRedWings.com’s Arthur J. Regner filed a locker room clean-out day article this afternoon, discussing Anthony Mantha’s offseason plans:
When the Wings were cleaning out their lockers on Tuesday, Mantha was asked what he needed to work on this offseason to build on his 48-point season in which he led the Red Wings with 24 goals.
“I will be doing a little bit of power skating for sure, you can never get enough speed or edge work so that’s going to be one thing and work on some grit in the offseason,” Mantha said. “I talked with (coach Jeff Blashill) and (general manager Ken Holland) this morning, so maybe do a couple boxing lessons to maybe get that grit going for next year.
“It’s really more for the grit to find that extra, maybe to get angry a little bit more, not necessarily to fight next year, that’s not the message they want, they just want extra grit.”
This will not be the first time Mantha has stepped into the ring. Two years ago, he spent the summer in Detroit adding muscle. He also took a few boxing lessons and during his junior days, he dabbled a bit in pugilism.
According to Mantha, boxing is “actually a good workout program.”