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The Detroit Red Wings have been mismanaged into salary cap hell – populated by teams kissing the ceiling with a snowball’s chance in there of making the playoffs. Hence, we’ll get you next time’ RFA contracts., forward Andreas Athanasiou is looking at one of those ‘sorry kid

The only response for a 23-year-old player being forced to atone for management’s sins is leverage, because the NHL is why., and Athanasiou doesn’t have much of it: No arbitration rights and no hope for an offer sheet

which is gin up a KHL counteroffer in an attempt to get the gears turning on the contract they want.,So Athanasiou and his reps have done what other restricted free agents in his situation have done

Vancouver 1130 AM sports anchor Rick Dhaliwal reports that “Red Wings RFA F Andreas Athanasiou could be signing in Russia soon. Talks with Red Wings going nowhere.” Craig Custance of The Athletic quotes Athanasiou’s agent as saying,authentic Cory Schneider jersey,” which we assume is much the same thing as receiving a significant offer that’s considerable.,adida Taylor Hall jersey, “I have received a considerable offer that is significant

and it all comes back to one basic question: Would these players actually leave for Russia for a season if their teams keep low-balling them?,adidas Cory Schneider jersey,We’ve seen players from Darcy Kuemper to Torey Krug have rubles thrown their way during contentious contract talks

In Athanasiou’s case,authentic Travis Hamonic jersey, he would get significantly more money – his entry-level deal paid him $628,authentic John Tavares jersey, as he was limited to 13:28 per game last season in scoring 18 goals and 29 points.,adidas Travis Hamonic jersey,333 against the cap – and likely more ice time

(No, that usage vs. production didn’t make sense to us either. It’s a speed league, and Jeff Blashill should have played him more.), he’s blazing

Yet as Custance notes, if Athanasiou leaves, and leaving for the KHL stalls that out.,adidas John Tavares jersey, he’s still a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights and under the Red Wings’ thumb. “Players typically like to keep the clock moving on their service time towards unrestricted free agency,authentic Taylor Hall jersey,” he writes

We’d be shocked if this wasn’t posturing,adidas Ryan McDonagh jersey, shocked if Athanasiou plays in the KHL next season,authentic Ryan McDonagh jersey, so really anything’s possible., shocked if he’s not back with the Red Wings as a dollar amount that’s friendlier to the team. But then we’re also shocked that a 33-win team has $78 million on its cap for next season

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