Oilers acquire Athanasiou in trade with Red Wings for Gagner, draft picks

Feb 24 2020, 10:54 am

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired yet another player from the Detroit Red Wings, General Manager Ken Holland’s former team.

This time, they’ve acquired Andreas Athanasiou in exchange for Sam Gagner and two second-round draft picks (2020 and 2021).

The Oilers are also receiving Ryan Kuffner, a 23-year-old forward with Detroit’s AHL affiliate, as part of the deal. They will, however, be retaining 10% of Gagner’s $3.15 million salary which expires at seasons end.

Athanasiou, 25, has 294 games under his belt along with 154 points (83-71-154). He has 10 goals and 14 assists in 46 games this season and is a pending free agent in the final year of a two-year, $6 million deal.

The speedy forward is the second player that the Oilers have picked up from the Red Wings. On Sunday night, it was announced that they received defenceman Mike Green in exchange for forward Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick — either a fourth-rounder in 2020 or a third-round selection in 2021.