The Detroit Red Wings have resumed talks with Andreas Athanasiou. However, the two sides are still not close to a deal, so nothing has really changed.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) October 3, 2017
Both Ken Holland and Darren Ferris, Athanasiou’s agent, said that there are no updates at this time.
The Wings offered the forward a two-year deal worth $1.9 million per season. Athanasiou countered with $2.5 million per season. A lack of progress in negotiations led the free agent to consider a move to the KHL, which reportedly offered him $1 million more than Detroit. Other reports point to his focus on preparing for play with the Canadian Olympic team.
— Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) October 2, 2017
Last Season, Athanasiou tallied 27 points in 64 games, including 18 goals with the Wings. His speed and offensive creativity were vital to the team, who struggled greatly on offense. Reports indicate Holland is holding firm on his offer based on league comparables:
The Calgary Flames signed Sam Bennett to a two-year deal with an annual average of $1.95 million during the off season. Last season, he had 13 goals and 26 points in 81 games and added another two goals in four playoff games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets just signed Josh Anderson to a three-year deal at $1.85 million per season following a lengthy contract standoff, similar to Detroit and Athanasiou. In his first full NHL season, Anderson played 78 games scoring 17 goals and totaling 29 points.
It’s good to hear talks are picking up again between the Wings and Athanasiou camp, even if there are no updates yet. As the season nears, the team’s final roster is taking shape. Earlier today, Detroit announced the following roster moves:
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Defenseman Ryan Sproul cleared waivers and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and forward Matt Lorito was recalled.
The Red Wings kick off the regular season October 5 at Little Caesars Arena against the Minnesota Wild.