The Detroit Red Wings continue their long-standing negotiations with restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou and have upped the ante with a new offer.
Detroit has reportedly offered Athanasiou a two-year contract with an average annual valuation of $1.9 million, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Athanasiou has scored 27 goals and added 16 assists during his tenure with the Red Wings.
While player agent Darren Ferris has mentioned the option of playing in the KHL, it is clear that both sides are working towards an agreement to get Athanasiou back on the ice for the Red Wings.
Red Wings Agree To Terms With Filip Larsson
The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with Filip Karsson.
The deal officially kicks in for the 2019-2020 season which means the Larsson will not be returning to play for the University of Denver for his sophmore season.
Larsson had posted shutouts in the opening two rounds of the Frozen Four tournament but the Denver Pioneers were eliminated by UMass.
Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard Wants to Retire with Team
Howrd, 34, has spent his entire 13-year career in Detroit, and would prefer to sign a new contract with the Red Wings rather than suit up for a new team.
“Obviously I want to stay here,” Howard said (h/t NHL.com). “This city has become home, not only for myself but for my family as well. I definitely don’t want to relocate at all. So it would mean the world to me to be able to end my career here in Detroit.”
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he would speak to Howard and his representatives within the next month to discuss his future with the organization.
“I want to see what they’re thinking [in terms of a contract],” Holland said.
“I do feel like I have a lot of good hockey left,” Howard said. “I feel like I can keep going. Do I see the light at the end of the tunnel? Yeah. It’s definitely there. I am getting older in this League. I realize that it’s becoming a young man’s League. But at the same time I want to keep playing. I’m having the time of my life.”
Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks
The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.
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