Report: Capitals informed teams they're willing to trade Mantha
The Washington Capitals have let it be known they're willing to move on from forward Anthony Mantha, according to Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli.
Mantha is under contract for one more season at $5.7 million before hitting unrestricted free agency. His hefty price tag may force the Capitals to add a sweetener to a potential deal, Seravalli reports.
The Capitals have an estimated $7.3 million in cap space leading into next season with only 17 players signed, per Cap Friendly. Roster changes are expected after the club missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013-14.
Washington acquired Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings in a blockbuster deal prior to the 2021 trade deadline. The Capitals moved Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik, and a first- and second-round pick to land Mantha, who hasn't found his stride in D.C.
The 28-year-old has only appeared in 118 games across parts of three seasons, notching 24 goals and 34 assists while averaging fewer than 15 minutes per contest.
Mantha was a first-round pick of the Red Wings in 2013. His best NHL campaign came in 2018-19 when he bagged 25 goals and 23 assists in 67 appearances.