Tweet of note from TFP’s Pagnotta: It’s Mantha negotiating time

The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta reports that the Red Wings and restricted free agent forward Anthony Mantha are getting down to contractual business:

Detroit and RFA-to-be RW Anthony Mantha are having ongoing contract discussions. Doesn’t seem a deal is imminent, but talks are underway.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) September 22, 2020

Mantha, who turned 26 on September 16th, is coming off a 2-year, $6.6 million contract, and while I’m certain that the flat salary cap for the next two seasons and Mantha’s injury problems equal Detroit pressing for another “bridge deal,” it would make sense for his side to swing for the fences. My best guess is that the Wings and Mantha will agree on a deal in the $4.5 million to $5 million range.

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