In case you missed it: The Detroit Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou still have not come to a contract agreement. While the Wings offered the forward a two-year deal at $1.9 million per year last week, it hasn’t been accepted. In fact, Athanasiou’s camp countered with $2.5 million per year. Can ya blame him?
All quiet on Athanasiou front. #RedWings appear to be standing firm on offer of 2 years at $1.9M per; Athanasiou's camp asking for $2.5M per
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) September 21, 2017
However, Athanasiou has taken his time and still not accepted an offer from the KHL Ak Bars Kazan, implying he hopes negotiations with the Wings will work out. But if the club doesn’t budge soon, it’s likely our young, dynamic forward will NOT be in Detroit for the 2017-18 season.
So the question is: What’s next? Who will fill that void? What can the Wings do about the Athanasiou gap? We might already be working on it, sort of.
In fact, two veteran players were signed to professional tryout agreements with the Wings and could offer some assistance.
First up is P.A. Parenteau, who has played for eight teams in the NHL over the last nine years. Most recently, Parenteau appeared in five playoff games with the Nashville Predators, averaging just under 9.5 minutes on the ice per game. In 491 NHL games, the forward has posted up 296 points with 114 goals.
David Booth, a Detroit native, also has nine years of experience in the NHL. The forward previously played with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, and Toronto Maple Leafs and spent the last two seasons in the KHL. A former Michigan State Spartan, Booth has played in 502 NHL games amassing 102 goals and 111 assists.
Last season with the Red Wings, Athanasiou scored 18 goals in 64 games. Losing the quick forward would come as a blow to the team, which finished the 2016-17 season with the fifth fewest goals in the league.
Detroit hosts the Boston Bruins for its preseason home opener at Little Caesars Arena Saturday, September 23, at 7 p.m. The team kicks off the regular season against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m.