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Andreas Athanasiou Signing Is Official

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed left wing Andreas Athanasiou to a two-year contract.

Athanasiou, 23, completed his third full NHL season in 2017-18 and recorded a career-high 33 points (16-17-33) in 71 games, alongside 16 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound forward ranked among Red Wings leaders with 16 goals (T3rd), 17 assists (T9th), 33 points (T6th), 170 shots (5th) and 38 takeaways (T4th). He also tied an NHL record last season by scoring six seconds into an overtime period on Jan. 3 vs. Ottawa – becoming the fourth player to ever score an overtime winner that quickly and the first in the NHL’s three-on-three overtime format (later equaled by Toronto’s William Nylander) – which also established a Red Wings franchise record. In 172 NHL games for Detroit since 2015-16, Athanasiou has tallied 76 points (43-33-76) and 49 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

A native of Woodbridge, Ontario, Athanasiou spent parts of three seasons with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins (2013-16) prior to full-time NHL duty and totaled 51 points (25-26-51) and 34 penalty minutes in 83 games, adding 15 points (7-8-15) in 28 playoff games. Before his time with the Griffins, Athanasiou spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League between the London Knights and Barrie Colts, registering 221 points (111-110-221) and 125 penalty minutes in 252 games from 2010-14. He was a 2012 OHL Champion with London after establishing himself as an OHL Second All-Rookie Team Member in 2011. Athanasiou has also won a pair of gold medals for Canada Ontario at the 2011 IIHF World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Andreas Athanasiou, Left Wing
Born Aug 6 1994 -- Woodbridge, ONT
Height 6.02 -- Weight 188 -- Shoots L


Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 4 #110 overall 2012 NHL Entry Draft


                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs-----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2010-11  London Knights              OHL    57   11   11   22   21   6   0   0   0   0
2011-12  London Knights              OHL    63   22   15   37   22  11   1   4   5   0
2012-13  Barrie Colts                OHL    66   29   38   67   30  22  12  13  25  11
2013-14  Barrie Colts                OHL    66   49   46   95   52  11   3   9  12   2
2013-14  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL     2    1    2    3    0   6   0   1   1   6
2014-15  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    55   16   16   32   25  16   5   4   9   6
2015-16  Grand Rapids Griffins       AHL    26    8    8   16    9   6   2   3   5   2
2015-16  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    37    9    5   14    5   5   1   0   1   0
2016-17  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    64   18   11   29   28  --  --  --  --  --
2017-18  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    71   16   17   33   16  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                        172   43   33   76   49   5   1   0   1   0

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Paul's avatar

Darren Dreger tweet,

$ 3mil x2 with a $250,000 signing bonus. $3 mil aav.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/05/18 at 07:27 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Interesting. Surprised by this, wonder if there is a ntc or not.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/05/18 at 08:54 PM ET

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Remember how much BS we had to put up with last year re: AA hates Kenny, Blash, and would do anything possible to get out of Detroit asap?

Pepperidge farm remembers

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/05/18 at 10:25 PM ET

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https://www.capfriendly.com/players/andreas-athanasiou

Cap friendly does not have an NTC or NMC noted

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/05/18 at 10:26 PM ET

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I don’t believe he’s eligible for no-trade protection as he isn’t UFA

Posted by EthrDemon on 07/06/18 at 12:05 AM ET

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Still holding out hope he gets traded.

I see him as someone whose game has already peaked and TBH DET needs to give time to young guys with more potential room to their game still.

Prove me wrong, Andreas.

Remember how much BS we had to put up with last year re: AA hates Kenny, Blash, and would do anything possible to get out of Detroit asap?

Pepperidge farm remembers

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/05/18 at 10:25 PM ET

Doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  Maybe he never did, or maybe he still does but someone got in his ear this time and gave him the good advice to not raise a stink and work harder.  Lord knows working a little harder on the ice wouldn’t hurt him, he can’t be a long-term NHLer as a floater.  He’s just not nearly talented enough for that.  And it could be that word got back to his camp that last offseason hurt how he’s viewed around the league.

Posted by Primis on 07/06/18 at 08:16 AM ET

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Good foe him nearly tripling his salary after a drop in goal production.

THAT’S how you general manage!

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/06/18 at 08:41 AM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/06/18 at 08:41 AM ET

Were you expecting an arbiter to award him less money? Because that was the other option.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 07/06/18 at 10:00 AM ET

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It’s comforting to know that Fran’s Nielsen will be around for 4 more years to sheppard young guys like AA,Mantha,Zadina, Rasmussen, and “show” them how to be a pro while blocking their progress and stealing their ice time….... confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/06/18 at 11:51 AM ET

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Were you expecting an arbiter to award him less money? Because that was the other option.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 07/06/18 at 10:00 AM ET

I know i was expecting an increase, but I thought the deal would be closer to $4.5 for the 2 years or $2.5ish for one year. Not a crazy difference though especially factoring the cap increase into the equation.

Posted by MZ2215 on 07/06/18 at 02:55 PM ET

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Were you expecting an arbiter to award him less money?

Of course I think an arbitrator would’ve given him less.

You think he’d get a near-threefold increase after scoring fewer goals in more games.

If his agent thought he could’ve gotten more from an arbitrator then he would’ve had Athanasiou file for arbitration.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/06/18 at 03:04 PM ET

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It’s actually a lot closer to a twofold increase. And look at Burakovsky. I think he’s a pretty good comparable who’s making the same amount. KH got a good deal before AA was arbitration-eligible and now you’re complaining that he couldn’t do it again.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 07/06/18 at 03:56 PM ET

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