The start of training camp is less than three weeks away, increasing the urgency for the Detroit Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou to come to terms on a new contract. Darren Ferris, Athanasiou's agent, told MLive Monday that talks are ongoing with the Red Wings but a deal is not imminent. He said the KHL offer his client received remains on the table and added "Expecting to have the decision this week." As a restricted free agent who did not have arbitration rights, Athanasiou had little leverage in negotiations. The offer from the Russian club -- Ferris didn't say which team or provide any details -- gave the young forward some bargaining power. Athanasiou, 23, is coming off his entry-level contract, with a cap hit of $628,333. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, who said earlier this month that he made various offers to Athanasiou, couldn't be reached for comment. A two-year bridge deal is a possibility, perhaps worth between $1.5 million and $2 million a season.
Andreas Athanasiou, Red Wings talks ongoing; decision this week?
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