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Talking about Double A

The Free Press's Helene St. James revisits Andreas Athanasiou's Locker Room Clean-Out Day comments this evening:

Speaking to the media as the Wings gathered for a team picture at Joe Louis Arena last week, Athanasiou spoke about what he took away from this season and his goals for 2017-18.

“You learn so much playing in this league,” he said. “I just try to do the best I can and play within my game and not try to do too much. Coming into next season, I'm going to keep a mind-set of wanting to get better.

“Speed is part of my game. When I get those opportunities, I know I can either get a good scoring chance or change the momentum. It definitely can swing momentum.”

Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha are young guys capable of shouldering more for the Wings as they seek to become a playoff team again as soon as next season. Athanasiou, who turns 23 this summer, might well have hit 20 goals were it not for a cross-check to the back that caused lingering pain down the past 10 days of the season and sidelined him the last two games.

Athanasiou said he wants to “come into every game next season and try to be as dominant as possible.”

St. James continues, and as she suggests, Athanasiou can and will become a more consistent player.

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Typical BS by St.James: “he can be a more consistently impactful player” .
You cannot be consistent if you are not given minutes to play.
Fire KH & JB

Posted by 1718 on 04/19/17 at 11:56 AM ET


Thought AA did a great job 18 goals with only 800 min. TTOI, and no set line until January. That’s with almost no PP time. Most good players play 50% more and some like Z had twice AA’s TOI.. That cross check and the stick to the mouth, knocking a few teeth out slowed him the last several games or he could very well have ended up with 20 goals.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/19/17 at 03:21 PM ET


AA is a bright spot. Hopefully Blashill will not ruin him by asking him to be somebody he is not.
Blashill might think, of course, that AA became a better player after he benched him for the lack of effort. In reality he became a “better player” when he started playing with Nielsen and Vanek as opposed to Miller and Glendening.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/19/17 at 04:51 PM ET


Agree with VPalmer. How about JB is becoming a better coach? Highly doubtful

Posted by 1718 on 04/19/17 at 05:17 PM ET

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