Detroit Red Wings restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou is expected to decide whether he'll re-sign with the Red Wings or join a European team in the very near future. The club initially offered the restricted free agent one year at $1.25 million or two years at $1.9 million a season.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet first reported a one-year deal is at hand. While the deal comes with only a one-year term, it's essentially an opportunity for the Red Wings to continue developing their young prospect while pushing the contract discussions down the road for the time being.
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. As the stalemate dragged on, he began practicing with Swiss side HC Lugano, but did not sign a contract.
"It can only go to December 1 because if he's not signed by then, he's out of the National Hockey League for this season, but here's the latest development", McKenzie said. The KHL card was played, but as Torey Krug showed, that move is always a clear bluff.
A lackluster Red Wings offense from a season ago got a spark from Athanasiou, who was second on the team with his 18 goals, adding 11 assists along the way for 29 points over 64 games. He'll once again be an RFA next summer, so Detroit will control his rights, but he'll have arbitration rights.
Athanasiou's deal is worth $1.3875 million, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.