Red Wings, Mantha reach 2-year deal

NEW YORK — The Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent winger Anthony Mantha agreed to terms on a two-year contract Wednesday, the team announced. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though multiple reports have it worth $6.6 million.

Mantha, 23, led the team with 24 goals last season. He added 24 assists for a career-best 48 points in 80 games. Mantha, a first-round pick by Detroit in the 2013 NHL Draft, has 43 goals and 44 assists in three seasons with the Red Wings.

The Red Wings went 30-39-13 last season, missing the playoffs for the second year in a row after 25 consecutive postseason berths.

• The New York Islanders agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Jan Kovar and extended forward Ross Johnston for four years, the team announced Monday.

The team did not reveal financial details, although multiple reports placed the value of Kovar's deal at $2 million. A Sportsnet report said Johnston's contract is worth $1 million annually.

Kovar, 28, has played the past five seasons in the Russian KHL Magnitogorsk Metallurg, where he averaged more than a point per game (286 points in 285 games). He was a four-time 20-goal scorer for Magnitogorsk Metallurg.

Kovar, whose older brother Jakub in a goaltender in the KHL after once being a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Flyers, also has played for five World Championship teams for the Czech Republic (2013-17), scoring six goals with 13 assists over 42 games. He scored three goals with two assists in six games at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where the Czechs finished fourth.

Johnston, 24, was a restricted free agent after making $666,667 last season, when he saw his first extensive NHL action with three goals and three assists in 24 games. He also had three goals and eight assists in 38 games with the Islanders' AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The extension gives the Islanders 11 players under contract through the 2020-21 season.

• The Montreal Canadiens will not negotiate a contract extension with captain Max Pacioretty and now intend to trade him, according to a report from The Athletic on Tuesday. Citing an NHL source, the report says general manager Marc Bergevin told Pacioretty — who is entering the final year of his contract — there will be no contract negotiations and the team intends to trade the left winger as soon as possible.

Pacioretty, 29, is due $4.5 million in 2018-19, the final year of a six-year, $27 million deal he signed in August of 2012. His name surfaced in trade rumors over the second half of last season, particularly around the February deadline, but TSN reported last month that the team had opened preliminary contract talks with Pacioretty.

Allan Walsh, who Pacioretty hired as his new agent within the last month, told The Athletic he would not comment on his client's current status with the team. "I'll reiterate what Max has said a number of times, that he loves Montreal, he holds Montreal dear to his heart and he hopes to stay," Walsh said.

Pacioretty has spent all 10 of his NHL seasons with the Canadiens, who drafted him 22nd overall in 2007. He has served in as the team's captain for the last four seasons, playing in at least 80 games in three of those campaigns.

He totaled 17 goals and 20 assists last year, with the 37 points marking his lowest total in a season since he had 24 points in a 37-game campaign in 2010-11. Pacioretty averaged 67.6 points per 82 games over the previous six seasons, while tying for the league lead in plus-minus (plus-38) during the 2014-15 season.

He has 448 points (226 goals, 222 assists) in 626 career games and put up four straight 30-goal seasons from 2013-17. The Canadiens went 29-40-13 last season, producing their lowest point total in an 82-game season since 2000-01. It was the second time in three years they missed the postseason. — Reuters