The stalemate between the Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent Andreas Athansious has finally come to an end, per Bob Mckenzie. Agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season, Athanasious will now return to the Red Wings after a very lengthy contract dispute that stretched into the start of the NHL’s regular season. The deal comes with a cap hit of $1.387 million after the Red Wings originally offered $1.25 million during the offseason and Athanasiou asked for $2.5 million from the team.

Unfortunately for both sides, the one-year term likely means a future contract dispute could be in the cards if both sides fail to find common ground next offseason, especially if the Red Wings fail to clear significant cap space from their current roster prior to next offseason.

It’s no secret that the Red Wings are in unfamiliar territory as they’re finding themselves in cap trouble with one of the NHL’s most underwhelming rosters. Despite currently holding a 4-3 record and sitting in 15th place in the NHL – good for the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, it’s unlikely that the Red Wings make the playoffs this year. This down period for the Red Wings is the result of unsuccessful drafting, poor contract management and underperforming from many players on the roster. The Red Wings will also likely be forced to make a trade to comply with the salary cap.