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Report: Pending free agent says he will not re-sign with Knights

Updated June 20, 2024 - 7:01 pm

Right wing Anthony Mantha said he was informed by the Golden Knights he will not be re-signed when he hits free agency July 1, according to a report from French-language outlet RDS.

Mantha, while at a golf event hosted by New York Islanders forward Julien Gauthier, told RDS he will have to find a new home after being dealt by the Washington Capitals prior to the NHL’s trade deadline.

The Knights declined to comment.

The team acquired Mantha on March 5 from the Capitals for a 2024 second-round pick and a 2026 fourth-round pick. The 29-year-old was in the final season of a four-year, $22.8 million contract he signed with the Detroit Red Wings in November 2020. Mantha was then traded to Washington in April 2021.

Mantha had 10 points in 18 regular-season games with the Knights following the trade. He appeared in the first three games of the their opening-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars, but was a healthy scratch for the final four.

Mantha is one of the Knights’ six pending unrestricted free agents this offseason. The others are center Chandler Stephenson, defenseman Alec Martinez, left wing William Carrier and right wings Jonathan Marchessault and Michael Amadio.

The Knights, who also need to give new contracts to restricted free agents Pavel Dorofeyev and Kaedan Korczak, have approximately $80.125 million committed to their top nine forwards, top seven defensemen and two goaltenders next season. The upper limit of the NHL’s salary cap is $88 million.

Contact Danny Webster at dwebster@reviewjournal.com. Follow @DannyWebster21 on X.

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