Prospects Ramblings: Athanasiou offer sheet, Rookie Tournaments and “Studley Hungwell”

Peter Harling

2017-08-23

Usually in my ramblings posts I tend to follow some sort of a theme. Well it’s the off-season and not much is happening so today is going to be pretty rambly as I may go all over the board on topics.

Let’s start with the news of the day, Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou is still not signed. The Wings are in some cap trouble and don’t have a lot of room to sign him. In fact they are currently almost $4 million over the cap. The word on the street is that he has been made a “significant offer” from a KHL team for a one year contract. I have long been an advocate of AA and have owned him for years in my dynasty league. It would be a real nut shot if he left for the KHL on the eve of the season I believe he could breakout. On the surface it seems like he is a goner, but there is a shred of hope still. Assuming Johan Franzen will be on the IR al season and his $3.954 million comes off the cap, that get the Wings back to a legal cap hit. Now the question becomes how much will it take to sign AA?

Probably between $2 and $2.5 million AAV on a bridge contract of 2-3 years is my guess. It’s safe to say rookie Michael Rasmussen the Wings 2017 first round pick will be returned to junior, opening up almost $1 million more in cap. The Wings also have nine defensemen listed on the roster on capfriendly, none of which are waiver exempt. Nine defense is too many so one has to try to pass through waivers, Xavier Ouellet and his $1.25 million cap hit could make it. Another possibility would be Jonathan Ericsson and his $4.25 million cap hit. Ericsson would be sure to clear waivers and it opens up a decent chunk of cap space to use to sign Athanasiou.

The KHL contract certainly gives Athanasiou strong negotiating leverage and creates a sense of urgency on the Wings part. Another NHL team could also really put the screws to the Wings by making him a RFA contract offer. As per MyNHLTradeRumors, here is the 2017 compensation rules for RFA contract offers.

2017 offer sheet compensation …

Average annual value

Draft Pick Compensation

$1,295,571 or below

None

Over $1,295,571 to $1,962,986

Third-round pick

Over $1,962,986 to $3,925,975

Second-round pick

Over $3,925,975 to $5,888,960

First-round and third-round pick

Over $5,888,960 to $7,851,948

First-round, second-round and third-round pick

Over $7,851,948 to $9,814,935

Two first-round picks, second-round pick, third-round pick

Over $9,814,935

Four first-round picks

 

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