Anthony Mantha: 'Hard to leave' Wings but excited for what future could hold with Capitals

DETROIT — The Red Wings were the team that drafted Anthony Mantha in the first round in 2013. It’s the only professional organization he’s known and the friends Mantha made in Detroit will likely be lifetime acquaintances. So you can see how Monday’s trade that sent Mantha to Washington for forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick was a shock. Mantha had just signed a four-year contract last offseason. He wasn’t expecting to be dealt anywhere. And before Monday, Mantha had never been traded in his career, either junior or pro. But as Mantha b…

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