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Anthony Mantha a Target For Montreal Canadiens?

Could Anthony Mantha be a target for the Montreal Canadiens? One hockey scribe suggests he’s might be a good fit.

Speculation is that the Montreal Canadiens are gearing up to make a big splash. Whether that be through free agency — using some of their hoarded cap space — or in trade, GM Marc Bergevin might have something up his sleeve.

TVA Sports reporter Jean-Charles Lajoie suggests that perhaps the Canadiens are looking at Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha. At least, that’s what he’s spit-balling as an idea.

Lajoie suggests Mantha might be an intriguing offer-sheet target for the Habs, who in the past (while unsuccessfully) have gone the offer sheet route. There’s been no other reports that we can tell on this rumor and the Canadiens certainly haven’t tipped their hand this direction, but we know that Bergevin sees an opportunity this offseason and other teams are going to struggle financially with whatever the salary cap is.

So too, Lajoie considers Mantha’s tumultuous relationship with Detroit coach Jeff Blashill and interesting storyling the Canadiens should keep their eyes on. While it’s possible Blashill won’t be the coach in Detroit next season, should he be, it’s assume Mantha may not be overly excited about playing under him.

To say the Canadiens would benefit from having a sniper like Mantha on the roster is obvious. The cost to add a right-winger via an offer sheet, especially when the league is facing a flat salary cap could make this fun to watch if Lajoie’s idea is anything more than an idea.

And, if this doesn’t work, Lajoie suggests there could be something to the idea of an offer sheet to Mathew Barzal. He writes:

“The trouble is that the Columbus Blue Jackets will match almost any offer submitted to Dubois, but this is probably less true in the case of Barzal, as the general manager of the New York Islanders is Lou Lamoriello. That makes his candidacy interesting, ”observes Jean-Charles.      

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