With Andreas Anthanasiou's imminent re-signing, the Red Wings had to dump some cap and Sheahan's $2million cap hit was deemed too expensive.
At this point, it appears Athanasiou will agree to a one-year contract that will leave him with arbitration rights next summer. Athanasiou agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.378 million.
A lackluster Red Wings offense from a season ago got a spark from Athanasiou, who was second on the team with his 18 goals, adding 11 assists along the way for 29 points over 64 games.
The Red Wings made another move today to clear cap space. In order for Athanasiou to sign, the team would have waive or trade a player on their current roster. Sheahan is pointless so far this year but has a big opportunity with the Penguins.
Washington scored 10 goals in the first two games and managed 12 in five outings since with a 2-0 loss to Toronto at home Tuesday following an embarrassing 8-2 setback at Philadelphia.
This season in Hartford (AHL), Puempel has one goal and two assists in five games.
The contract dispute was well-documented over the offseason with Bob McKenzie discussing the topic Thursday, highlighting the December 1 deadline to get a contract signed.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Scott Wilson and a 3rd round to the Detroit Red Wings for Riley Sheahan and a 5th round pick. He flew there at the start of this month and has been skating with a team there while debating whether to play in Europe or the KHL. The question is how bad were the bridges burned between both sides during this holdout.
"There is an incredibly high level of exasperation on both sides, from the Red Wings and Athanasiou". Wilson will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Red Wings and has no fantasy value.
The Red Wings' negotiations Athanasiou's agent had been gridlocked for the entirety of the National Hockey League offseason.