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Source Red Wings and Athanasiou closing in on new deal

Athanasiou made $575,000 with a cap hit of $628,333 last season, but after the Red Wings refused to meet his asking price, he explored other options, including playing overseas.

Athanasiou is considered one of the players that the Red Wings hope to build a future around, but with Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin also reaching restricted free agent status following the 2018 season, Detroit will have its hands full with the task of keeping the young core together.

After agreeing to a deal with Andreas Athanasiou on Friday, the Detroit Red Wings had to clear some cap space. In 20 playoff games, Wilson had three goals and three assists. It takes time for players to find their stride in the National Hockey League, and while Athanasiou wasn't scoring goals or recording points every single game, anybody who's watched him play has seen what he's capable of. "The Detroit Red Wings had offered Athanasiou a two-year deal at $1.9 million per year". He flew there at the start of this month and has been skating with a team there while debating whether to play in Europe or the KHL.




A day after they announced an agreement in principle with forward Andreas Athanasiou, the Wings created room for his one-year, US$1.3875-million contract by trading forward Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for forward Scott Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018. Wilson will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Red Wings and has no fantasy value.

Now that Athanasiou is under contract with the Red Wings it will be interesting to see if he can parlay his one-year deal into a successful campaign worthy of a long-term commitment with a significant raise next offseason. The question is how bad were the bridges burned between both sides during this holdout.

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