Beat writers clarify Mantha’s status, and it’s weird: Healthy scratch?

#RedWings Blashill said Mantha was a healthy scratch.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 7, 2021

Wouldn’t comment further.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 7, 2021

Mantha was a healthy scratch today— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) February 7, 2021

Mantha a healthy scratch #RedWings— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) February 7, 2021

Jeff Blashill says Anthony Mantha was not an injury issue. Was sent a message by being made a healthy scratch.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) February 7, 2021

I’m baffled. Mantha was fine against Tampa Bay, and the Wings could have used him.

Update: Here’s the full quote from MLive’s Khan:

“I just made a decision to go with the group I went with and any conversations I have with Anthony are private, between Anthony and I, and I’m not really going to comment further on it,” Blashill said.

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4 thoughts on “Beat writers clarify Mantha’s status, and it’s weird: Healthy scratch?”

    1. My best guess is that Blashill will ride out the rest of his contract–which expires at the end of this season–and then Yzerman will bring in his own man.

  1. While Mantha has been playing a little better points wise, he has still been floating, not forechecking hard, not going hard areas, taking shots that are very low percentage, not hitting, and not stopping on the puck. This time I agree with Blashill….a very rare occurrence

  2. Big Man is hard to see floating, Beat many defenders to the net. Big Long Strides, Little Man taking more strides not going to beat Mantha most Times!!

    “I just made a decision to go with the group I went with and any conversations I have with Anthony are private, between Anthony and I, and I’m not really going to comment further on it,” Blashill said.

    Bald headed fing idiot. Whenhe is turfed HE WILL NOT GET ANOTHER HEAD COACH GIG IN THE NHL

    How much is the Fat Head responsible for since he was given Head Coach . GO AWAY SOON!!!

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