Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou agree to deal

Red Wings nearing deal with holdout Andreas Athanasiou

Report | Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou agree to deal

Athanasiou's deal is worth $1.3875 million, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

And now that the season is on and the Red Wings are in LTIR situation, they can no longer give that deal to Andreas Athanasiou, so if Athanasiou is going to sign with the Red Wings, it's likely going to be a one-year deal now at a shade more than the $1.25 million that the Red Wings were offering him in the summer. "This thing is either going to get done here in the next day or so, or it's likely he's going to sign to play in Europe and who know when or if he'll be back in the Red Wing lineup". MLive reported that Athanasiou had been contemplating offers to play in Russia's KHL since late August.

Athanasiou, who set career highs during his sophomore campaign with 18 goals and 11 assists, is expected to rejoin the Red Wings from Switzerland and begin practicing with the team next week.

Athanasiou, 23, needed to sign somewhere in the National Hockey League before December 1, which is the deadline for any restricted free agent who remains without a contract. The team has gotten off to a 4-3 start following losses to the divisional rival Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning this week, and while the offense has looked decent thusfar, the explosive speed and playmaking abilities Athanasiou provided a year ago would be a welcome presence.

Several members of the Red Wings organization were also reportedly present on the call, which was to explain the reasoning behind the one and two-year offers and where they see him fitting inside the organization.

Tomas Tatar gave Detroit a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 12:45 of the third, one-timing Henrik Zetterberg's pass past Braden Holtby's blocker for his second of the game.

Athanasiou had until December 1 to sign with a club, the Red Wings leaving at least some time to spare.

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.

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