Red Wings re-sign RFA Athanasiou for two years

The Detroit Red Wings avoided arbitration with restricted free agent center Andreas Athanasiou by agreeing on a two-year, $6 million extension, according to multiple reports Thursday.Athanasiou, who turns 24 next month, played the 2017-18 season on a one-year, $1.39 million deal that he signed as a restricted free agent in October. He went on to tally a career-high 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 71 games while playing 15:19 per game, also a career best.A fourth-round pick by Detroit in 2012, Athanasiou has 76 points (43 goals, 33 assists) in 172 contests.