3 Trade Destinations for Washington Capitals' Anthony Mantha

The Washington Capitals continue to discuss trades leading up to the NHL Draft and it appears one player they are looking to move out the most is forward Anthony Mantha. The 28-year-old forward has one season left on his deal at $5.7 million and last season recorded only 27 points in 67 contests. At this point the Caps aren't interested in re-signing him to a contract extension and look for a trade to happen this summer. Here's three teams who may check in on the price tag:

Vancouver Canucks

Yes, the Canucks are looking to save some money this year but they've been linked to Mantha in the past. Brock Boeser was apparently discussed but at this point, hard to say what else would need to be involved. Mantha's next deal won't be as expensive as his current average annual value and the Canucks could look to move out Tanner Pearson to keep Mantha around long term.

Chicago Blackhawks

Because of Mantha's price tag and lack of production, this come become a situation where the Capitals sweeten the pot and have Mantha moved to the Blackhawks in a salary dump transaction. They'd likely have to add at least a third-round pick in the move but Chicago has a ton of cap space and are open to these types of trades. 

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets are looking to shake up their core. Could a Blake Wheeler deal make sense for the Capitals? Unless Mantha re-signs in Winnipeg, it would kind of be a useless swap for both sides. There's also Nikolai Ehlers who is being shopped, so if the Caps want to add some more speed to their top six, this could be the move. Washington would  need to add at least one high-end prospect or draft pick to make it happen.

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