Athanasiou made $575,000 with a cap hit of $628,333 last season, but after the Red Wings refused to meet his asking price, he explored other options, including playing overseas. He has appeared in all eight of the Red Wings' games this year but has yet to tally a point.
The Detroit Red Wings needed to clear cap space and did so while also acquiring a guy who might help out with a goal here and there.
The Red Wings' negotiations Athanasiou's agent had been gridlocked for the entirety of the National Hockey League offseason.
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.
A day after they announced an agreement in principle with forward Andreas Athanasiou, the Wings created room for his one-year, US$1.3875-million contract by trading forward Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth-round pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for forward Scott Wilson and a third-round pick in 2018. In 20 playoff games, Wilson had three goals and three assists.More news: Mali bundle Ghana out of Under-17 World Cup
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This season in Hartford (AHL), Puempel has one goal and two assists in five games.
Athanasiou is now skating with a Swiss team as he waits out the situation and is believed to have offers from the KHL.
Athanasiou had until December 1 to sign with a club, the Red Wings leaving at least some time to spare. Athanasiou agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.378 million.
McKenzie didn't mince words either when talking about the frustrations that both sides have been experiencing through this process.
Through seven games, the Red Wings are 4-3 and enter the weekend off back-to-back losses.