Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou agree to deal

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

Agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season, Athanasious will now return to the Red Wings after a very lengthy contract dispute that stretched into the start of the NHL's regular season.

It is expected to be in the $1.5 million range.

The Detroit Red Wings and restricted forward Andreas Athanasiou have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $1.387 million, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported on Friday afternoon.

The Wings also had made Athanasiou a two-year offer for $1.9 million a season.

That's according to hockey insider Elliotte Friedman who tweeted Friday the parties likely will come to an agreement on a 1-year deal.

Despite this, the Red Wings still have some of the NHL's most exciting young players on their roster in Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and of course, Athanasiou.

Last season, while largely confined to a bottom-six role, he scored 18 times to complement 11 assists in 64 games for the Wings. He showed potential the season prior, netting nine goals and chipping in with five more helpers over 37 games, his first cup of coffee with the Red Wings.

The Red Wings are reportedly facing cap space issues - as in they don't have enough money to offer a young winger a generous contract deal.

Through seven games, the Red Wings are 4-3 and enter the weekend off back-to-back losses.

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