Wings reportedly willing to deal Anthony Mantha

The Detroit News
Anthony Mantha

At one time, Anthony Mantha was considered an untouchable in the Red Wings organization.

Reportedly, that is not the case any longer.

The Wings would not be averse to trading prospect Mantha or their first-round pick, No. 19 overall, in the June 26 draft, according to Damien Cox of Sportsnet.ca.

In the past, general manager Ken Holland has said he would not move the No. 1 pick or Mantha, the Wings' first-round pick in 2013 who struggled in Grand Rapids this past season.

Toronto reportedly asked for Mantha in a proposed deal for defenseman Dion Phaneuf at the trade deadline in March.

Mantha had 33 points (15 goals) in 62 games for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins this season. In the playoffs, Mantha had four points (two goals) in 16 games.

"I expected a lot more from myself," Mantha told The Detroit News in May. "It was a hard season to adapt, coming back from an injury."

Mantha suffered a fractured left tibia during the preseason.