Since he wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by Edmonton last fall over fears of what an arbitration award would look like, Andreas Athanasiou was a player that wasn’t a guarantee to receive one from the Kings earlier this week.  He ultimately did and now TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the two sides are close to finalizing a new one-year deal.  Financial terms have not been disclosed.

The 26-year-old had to settle for a one-year, $1.2MM contract with Los Angeles in late December after longer-term offers failed to materialize in unrestricted free agency.