October 19, 2021

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Manta has signed a four-year deal with the Red Wings

Manta has signed a four-year deal with the Red Wings

Anthony Manta Detroit signed a four-year deal with the Red Wings on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old forward became a restricted free agent after scoring 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games with the Red Wings last season.

This is the longest contract signed by a Red Wings player since Steve Yezerman became general manager on April 19, 2019. Detroit (17-49-5, .275 points) had the lowest points in the NHL last season and lost the Stanley Cup playoffs for four consecutive seasons.

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Manta said he appreciates the confidence the Red Wings have shown in him.

“Everyone knows we are in the process of rebuilding,” Manta said. “[Yzerman] Signing me on a four-year contract also tells me that he sees me as part of the guys who will help the team win, in the future of the team, and the pressure that comes with it. “

Manta scored four NHL career-high four goals in the Detroit home opener against the Dallas Stars on October 6, 2019, becoming the first Red Wings player to score the Red Wings’ first four goals in a game since John Sorel in 1933-34. Home game.

He scored NHL career-high 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) for Detroit in 80 games in 2017-18 and matched 48 (25 goals, 23 assists) in 67 games in 2018-19.

“This process is a long process, but my agent (Pat Brison) is telling me things are going the right way,” Manta said. “So, at that point I need to trust him. We have not even filed for mediation, again, this is my agent call. Things are going in the right direction,” he said. [My agent said,] ‘You need to trust me, trust Stevie. He’s the guy in his word so we’ll get it done. ‘”

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NHL.com Staff Writer Tracy Myers contributed to this report