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Dreger: Andreas Athanasiou, Red Wings working on 1 or 2-year deal

RFA Athanasiou still needs contract

Andreas Athanasiou #72 of the Detroit Red Wings skates up ice with the puck in front of Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 3, 2017 in Detroit. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
Andreas Athanasiou #72 of the Detroit Red Wings skates up ice with the puck in front of Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 3, 2017 in Detroit. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou are working on a one or two-year contract agreement, according to NHL insider Darren Dreger. 

This latest update on the Athanasiou contract saga could be good news for Red Wings fans who hope to see the speedy young forward stay with the team. Just last month his agent Darren Ferris said the 23-year-old forward "received a significant offer" to play in the KHL. 

Athanasiou has scored 27 goals and 16 assists for 43 points in 101 games with the Red Wings over the past two seasons. He averaged just 9:54 in ice time this past season. 

There is no denying Athanasiou is one of the most exciting young forwards on the Red Wings. His speed is unmatched most games and he has a knack for finding the back of the net. He's likely a top-six forward on a lot of NHL teams. 

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Red Wings training camp is Sept 15-18

Meanwhile, the Red Wings training camp gets underway Friday in Traverse City. Red Wings players, prospects and tryouts will be divided into teams that will practice and scrimmage throughout camp, leading up to the annual Red and White Game at noon Monday. 

Here is the roster: 


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