In what will be seen as a deal where the forward left a lot of money on the table, Andreas Athanasiou is going to the Los Angeles Kings, signing a one-year contract with the hockey club on Monday.
Friedman writes, “I think this is going to come in around $1.2M.” In 55 games with the Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers last season, Athanasiou registered 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points.
It’s a good deal for the Kings, who are getting the forward at a bargain price after he walked away from the Edmonton Oilers at the end of the season because the Oilers wanted to offer less than his qualifying offer. Edmonton ultimately went another direction, Athanasiou hit the free agent market and he sat there, with no team willing spend big money in a tight offseason.
Back in October, Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal noted that when you looked at Athanasiou’s situation, his decision to decline what many have said was a two-year deal for more than $2 million per season from Edmonton seems like a potential mistake now. That is still true today and the player is likely kicking himself for so poorly reading the marketplace.
This Could Be Low-Risk, High-Reward Deal for Kings
Still, this is a player who scored 30 goals in a single season not long ago. He could turn out to be a steal for the Kings at this price. In 303 career NHL regular-season games, Athanasiou has 84 goals and 72 assists for 156 points, and 117 penalty minutes.
It wasn’t as if the Oilers (or other teams for that matter) didn’t want him. They just weren’t willing to pay handsomely to keep him. There’s a very good chance he outplays the $1.2 million price tag.
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