“I Was Surprised…But I’m Excited to Join the Caps”: Anthony Mantha Meets With the Media for the First Time As a Washington Capital

Simply sooner or later after the Washington Capitals completed off the NHL Commerce Deadline by buying him from the Detroit Pink Wings, ahead Anthony Mantha partook in his first morning skate with the group and met with the media for the primary time.

The 26-year outdated ahead, who is anticipated to make his debut with the Caps tonight in opposition to the Philadelphia Flyers, expressed his pleasure on taking part in for the Capitals, including that he took a car-ride up Interstate-95 to D.C.:

“Clearly it was a shock yesterday. I awakened from a pre-game nap and I used to be traded. It’s been a busy day yesterday, and traveled right here, and able to go”. 

Mantha admitted that the commerce got here as shock, given he had signed a four-extension with the Pink Wings in November 2020, however expressed his eagerness to be a member of the Capitals, saying, “Pleasure, clearly, shock. I had simply signed a deal in Detroit so I believed I used to be going to remain there for a pair extra years nevertheless it’s a part of hockey, a part of our life, so it’s a brand new starting over right here and I’m excited to hitch the Caps”.

Mantha, one among a pair deadline offers carried out by Common Supervisor Brian MacLellan (see HERE and HERE), affirmed his comfortability taking part in each wings and likewise spoke of the chance of taking part in alongside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie and going from a mediocre Detroit group to a contending Capitals membership:

“It’s going to be superior. They’re two nice gamers, I’m excited to see what I can convey to their duo and hopefully it clicks immediately and we rating a pair in the present day…Superior. I awakened from a nap a brand new Capitals member they usually’re first within the league proper now and for me it’s an enormous alternative clearly quite a bit comes my means and the way in which I need to play hockey over right here”.

On what he feels he can convey to the Caps and what followers of the group can count on from him, Mantha described his recreation as a “huge physique” kind recreation, “I feel I can convey a variety of offense over right here strong play that the Caps play will match and clearly I’m excited I’m going to play huge physique and shoot of lot of pucks and attempt to make nice performs”.  He additionally touched on taking part in with Alex Ovechkin and Backstrom after taking part in in opposition to them over his profession, saying, “It’s going to be superior. I’m most likely going to study quite a bit from them. Simply this morning, clearly it’s first follow,  however simply taking a look at them cross and shoot the puck, it’s simply superior to see”.

Mantha additionally touched on leaving his teammates in Detroit behind, expressing his disappointment on leaving but additionally gratefulness for the time he spent within the Motor Metropolis:

“It was laborious. I made my means all the way down to the rink simply earlier than the performed to say goodbye…However clearly it’s guys I’d been round for the previous 4 to 6 years so I made some nice buddies. Clearly it’s laborious to go away a group however I’m excited for what’s forward…It’s laborious to go away a group like that however I had nice recollections from draft day to my final and it’s going to be recollections that may dwell on…”.

Mantha spoke of his acclimation course of to the Capitals and the system below Head Coach Peter Laviolette, saying, “I’ll attempt to make it occur actual fast. There’s solely a pair video games left of the common season so I’ll attempt to push for a few days perhaps per week or so and attempt to know everybody a bit of bit higher so hopefully it goes fast”.

The Capitals are set to tackle the Flyers at Capital One Area tonight at 7:00 PM.

By Michael Fleetwood


About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born right into a household of diehard Capitals followers and has been watching video games so long as he can keep in mind. He was born the 12 months the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Remaining, and is a diehard Caps fan, the proprietor of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favourite participant grew to become former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey lodge whereas in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured throughout a conditioning stint. Michael can also be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys images, watching WildEarth TV’s SafariLive dwell safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photograph by Adam Vingan in 2014 on the Capitals Improvement Camp).

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