Andreas Athanasiou may be ready to walk the walk.
The restricted free agent has been unable to come to an agreement with the Detroit Red Wings, and is fielding offers from at least one KHL club. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Athanasiou is believed to have a one-year offer in the range of $2.5 million to $3 million from Ak Bars Kazan.
Therefore, says agent Darren Ferris, "because of the huge disparity, the KHL has moved to more of a probability at this time."
Ferris recently commented on the "considerable difference" between what the Wings were offering and what Athanasiou could earn in the KHL, but up to this point, it seemed as though it was all posturing for the sake of pressuring the club to increase its offer.
Athanasiou scored 18 goals - 17 at even strength - in 64 games while averaging 13:28 of ice time last season.