The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reported on Saturday that the Washington Capitals have made left-wing Anthony Mantha available on the NHL trade block but have not received much interest in the 28-year-old.
“The Capitals would be willing to trade Anthony Mantha (No. 24 on The Athletic’s trade board), but as of now, it doesn’t sound like they’ve gotten much in the way of offers and would rather see if a new coach and a contract year can motivate him,” LeBrun wrote.
Mantha finished last season 11 goals and 27 points in 67 games during a campaign where he was frequently healthy scratched despite starting the year with three goals in his first five games. He has one year left on his deal, which carries a $5.7 million cap hit, before becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency in July 2024.
The current buy out window closes on Friday.
LeBrun also said that “It’s a long shot they move (center) Evgeny Kuznetsov, even though they’d probably be open to it. He has limited no-trade protection.”
The 31-year-old has two years left on a contract that costs $7.8 million against the salary cap and recently changed agents. Kuznetsov led Washington in assists (43) and finished third in points (55) in 81 games this past season. Though, he also tallied a career-low -26 rating.
Kuznetsov, who reportedly requested a trade out of the nation’s capital, has 165 goals and 551 points in 680 career NHL regular-season games, all in Washington, and has a 10-team no-trade clause in his contract. He has also earned 29 goals and 67 points in 87 career postseason outings, including when he led the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 32 points (including 12 goals) in 24 games.
By Harrison Brown