When the Washington Capitals traded Jakub Vrana for Anthony Mantha the fan base was divided. You had the fans who loved Vrana for his speed, charm, and heart. You had fans who thought Mantha was an upgrade since he was a bigger guy.
Two years after the trade both the Caps and Detroit Red Wings lost. The winners of the trade turned out to be he St. Louis Blues who have enjoyed Vrana’s services. But this is a Capitals blog so how did this trade affect them?
First off, let’s look at how much he cost them. He cost the Caps, well besides Vrana of course, was a first round draft pick. For Mantha’s numbers which we’ll talk a plenty about in the next three slides, it’s pretty expensive for a $5.7 million cap hit.
Anyway lots of fans want him to be traded. But if the Caps were to move him where would he go?
#3 Arizona Coyotes
The Arizona Coyotes always seem to be rebuilding and could use a veteran leader. Mantha believe it or not is a veteran now. The leading scoring winger of the Coyotes is currently Lawson Crouse with 23 goals. He’s 25. Mantha is just three years older.