Despite reports earlier this week that talks had picked up between agent Darren Ferris, the man representing 23-year-old restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou, and Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, no deal has materialized.
This of course has led to increased speculation that Athanasiou may simply choose to play out his season in Europe, or perhaps even that the Red Wings will pull the trigger on a trade and cut their losses.
While reports have confirmed that the Red Wings have been taking trade calls regarding the availability of Athanasiou, for the first time it sounds like the Red Wings may be seriously considering the move, with the team reportedly having set an asking price for the young center.
NHL teams are calling on Athanasiou, and according to multiple sources, the Red Wings asking price is high – a prospect who projects as a top-six forward or top-four defenseman. At this point, it’s fair to say that the Red Wings are resigned to the fact that the return on Athanasiou wouldn’t be a player who would plug immediately into the NHL lineup.
This means the Red Wings would be willing to trade Athanasiou for a promising asset that has yet to prove themselves at the National Hockey League level, an ask that leaves the door open for a number of teams.
While general manager Ken Holland still clearly has not received an offer that was to his liking, as evidence by the fact that a trade has not been made, struggling teams looking for a boost to their offense may soon view Athanasiou as a very viable trade option.