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The Options For The Wings And Andreas Athanasiou

12/31/2019 at 6:37am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Trade him before the Feb. 24 deadline: Several playoff-contending teams undoubtedly would be interested in adding Athanasiou’s speed and skills, believing he might break out in better surroundings. But would they part with a significant asset for a player whose struggles have spanned months, not just weeks? The Red Wings would relish another first-round pick, but Athanasiou’s trade value is low, so it’s probably best to hang onto him until the off-season and hope he picks up the pace the second half.

Trade him at or before the June 26 draft: This seems like the most viable option. By hanging onto Athanasiou for the remainder of the season, his trade value could increase with a better second half. Non-playoff teams could be added to the list of off-season suitors. And clubs will have more cap space.

Sign him to a one-year contract: If the Red Wings believe this season is an aberration and Athanasiou can return to his 30-goal form, they could sign him to a one-year contract for $3 million (his qualifying offer) and reassess next season. He would be 26 on July 1, 2021 and still a restricted free agent.

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