Anthony Mantha wearing an Edmonton Oilers jersey
Oilers target Anthony Mantha as Guentzel talks stall. Get the latest NHL trade rumors and analysis on our site.

The Edmonton Oilers, fighting for a playoff spot in a stacked Western Conference, are reportedly shifting their focus from Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel to a more attainable target: Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha. This move comes amid reports of a sky-high asking price for Guentzel, prompting Oilers’ GM Ken Holland to explore alternative options.

Mantha, a former Detroit Red Wings draft pick selected by Holland, has been revitalized this season in Washington. He currently boasts an impressive 18 goals and 11 assists for 29 points through 52 games. His size, scoring touch, and history with Holland make him an intriguing fit in Edmonton.

Could Anthony Mantha Be the Oilers’ Plan B?

Insider Jeff Marek, on his 32 Thoughts Podcast with Elliotte Friedman, brought up the potential of Mantha landing in Edmonton. Given the Oilers’ offensive needs and Mantha’s recent surge, this trade possibility is gaining traction.

While the price for Mantha will likely be high, it may be less demanding than Pittsburgh’s requirements for Guentzel. The Oilers desperately need a top-six scoring punch, and while they’ve struggled defensively this season, adding Mantha could spark the offensive firepower crucial for a deep playoff run.

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