Although teams have made trade offers for Red Wings RFA winger Andreas Athanasiou, Detroit has not received any offers that have intrigued them just yet, reports MLive’s Ansar Khan. The team remains focused on trying to reach an agreement on a new deal with the 23-year-old and GM Ken Holland had brief discussions with his agent, Darren Ferris, back on Thursday while he hopes to speak with Athanasiou directly in the coming days. Even if they’re unable to agree on a new contract, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Detroit will then turn around and shop him aggressively as Khan notes that they are prepared to have him sit out the full season if they don’t get the right offer, which is believed to be a comparable young top-six forward.
More from the hockey world:
- Although Jarome Iginla isn’t under contract at the moment, he may not be finished playing just yet. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (video link) that the unrestricted free agent will receive an invitation to play for Team Canada at the Karjala Cup next month, a tournament that they will be using as an evaluation camp for the Olympics in February. Last month, it was reported that Iginla’s sole priority was landing an NHL contract but if he’s unable to do in the coming weeks, going the international route may warrant more consideration.
- Although he wasn’t able to suit up today against Vegas, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is making progress and could be available on Thursday versus Vancouver, the team noted on Twitter. Bergeron has yet to play this season due to a lower-body injury that was sustained late in the preseason.
- The Blue Jackets announced (Twitter link) that they’ve placed defenseman Gabriel Carlsson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury retroactive to October 13th. Taking his place on the roster will be blueliner Markus Nutivaara, who was recalled from Cleveland (AHL). Carlsson suffered the injury in the third period on Friday against the Rangers and had been a regular through their first four games. As for Nutivaara, he spent all of last year with Columbus but was sent down on October 5th and has played in two games at the minor league level this season.