Report: Andreas Athanasiou, Red Wings agree to 1-year contract

Red Wings reportedly reach deal with young forward after stalemate

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Andreas Athanasiou of the Detroit Red Wings tries to control the puck while being defended by Nate Prosser of the Minnesota Wild during the second period at Joe Louis Arena on March 26, 2017 in Detroit. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT - Andreas Athanasiou and the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a 1-year contract. 

That's according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. 

Athanasiou, 23, needed to sign somewhere in the NHL before Dec. 1, which is the deadline for any restricted free agent who remains without a contract. Otherwise he would have had to seek out another league or start training for the Olympic games. 

The Red Wings are reportedly facing cap space issues -- as in they don't have enough money to offer a young winger a generous contract deal. If this is all about the dollar amount, Detroit might be looking to make a trade and clear some space for Athanasiou's contract. There is a rumor that the Pittsburgh Penguins would be interested in trading for center Riley Sheahan, which would free up the necessary cap space for signing Athanasiou in Detroit. 

McKenzie reports: 

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. 

It was way back on Sept. 14 when NHL insider Darren Dreger reported Athanasiou was working on a 1-or-2-year deal with the Red Wings. That was just weeks after Athanasiou's agent said his client received a "significant offer" from Russia's KHL

It's been a long stalemate which basically started last year. 

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