A surprising rumor surfaced on Tuesday, suggesting that Detroit Red Wings' forward Andreas Athanasiou could be leaving for the Kontinental Hockey League. His agent Darren Farris noted that the young player received a considerable offer.
Jared Clinton of The Hockey News commented on Wednesday that the "significant offer from the KHL will put a lot of pression on the Red Wings" and the upcoming season.
"After last season’s disappointing end to the quarter-century playoff streak, the Red Wings should be attempting to build around the few young stars they have on their roster, which includes Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Athanasiou," Clinton writes.
"And while Athanasiou may seem the odd man out when named alongside two first-round picks, he stands to be as much a part of Detroit’s future."
The 23-year-old center has been unable to come to terms on a new deal with general manager Ken Holland this summer.
Should Anthanasiou leave for the KHL the Red Wings would receive no compensation of any kind and would be left with a hole to fill up the middle, and very little salary cap space to fill it.