Detroit Red Wings: Andreas Athanasiou saga continues

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Apr 2, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Red Wings beat the Maple Leafs 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Andreas Athanasiou saga continues this morning, as reports indicate Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has been taking calls with the restricted free agent.

Reports first surfaced in mid- to late-August that the 23-year-old forward was considering leaving Detroit. Throughout the summer, Athanasiou and the Wings tried to negotiate a contract but were unable to come to an agreement. When the KHL AK Bars Kazan reportedly offered $1 million more than Detroit, it looked like Athanasiou was headed to Russia.

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Jan 16, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou (72) skates with the puck in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Wings had offered Athanasiou a two-year deal at $1.9 million per season, and his camp countered with $2.5 million per season. Even when the organization resumed talks with the young forward earlier this month, reports indicated nothing had changed. That was until it was confirmed AA was headed to Switzerland to stay in playing shape on October 6.

According to The Hockey News, three Swiss teams have extended low offers to Athanasios.

And now, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Wings may be interested in trading Athanasiou if the price is right. However, Holland has stated that the team isn’t currently shopping him (though that doesn’t mean he won’t listen to offers). And since Detroit is already at the salary cap with 22 men on their roster, the organization would need to trade or waive a player in order to add to their 23-man roster.

If something isn’t figured out by December 1, Athanasiou will be ineligible to play in the NHL for the 2017-18 season, which could be detrimental to his career.

The Wings take on the Arizona Coyotes tonight at 10 p.m. (ET) and wrap up the week in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights at 10:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, October 13.