Former Red Wing Anthony Mantha is in the last year of his contract with the Washington Capitals. He reported to camp at 236 pounds with the hopes of losing a couple more.
“For my body type, it’s not that easy,” Mantha said. “You know, some people just lose weight easily. But that was my goal and I’m not too far from there right now.”
Mantha has struggled since he was traded to the Capitals during the 2020-21 season. Last year, he played in 67 games, the most since 2018-19, but only had 11 goals and 16 assists.
The 29-year-old, who was the Red Wings’ top draft choice in 2013, thinks less weight might lead to more scoring.
“Over my career I played different levels of weight and I think 232 was my best year,” Mantha told Washington Hockey Now. “I wanted to get back there.”
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Lucas Raymond added 12 pounds in the offseason, and the difference it’s making in what he can do on the ice is becoming readily evident.
Detroit coach Derek Lalonde and his players both believe the team’s defense can drive more offense this season.
Red Wings Next Game
The preseason begins Tuesday with a home game against Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins won’t subject their star players or many of their anticipated NHL regulars to today’s split-squad preseason games against Columbus.
Boston: Coach Jim Montgomery has loved what he’s seen from guys fighting for roster spots so far as the Boston Bruins begin their preseason schedule.
Philadelphia: There could be jobs available with the Philadelphia Flyers when the regular season starts on Oct. 12. And not just one or two..
NY Islanders: The New York Islanders had a few prospects stand out during development camp this year.
Montreal: The battle for this position could be fiercely fought until the very end of the Montreal Canadiens training camp.
Florida: Things did not end well for defenseman Mike Reilly’s time in Boston. The Florida Panthers hope to be the beneficiary.
Colorado: Nathan MacKinnon stepped onto the ice at the Colorado Avalanche training camp after getting off a private jet and immediately showed he’s ready to play,
San Jose: Alexander Barabanov wants to stay with the San Jose Sharks long-term. The question: Do the Sharks feel the same way?