Just a week after it was reported that Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou was weighing an offer to play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia next year, a new report says the offers are much higher from Russian teams.
According to Ansar Khan of MLive, Athanasiou's agent, Darren Ferris, said there is a "considerable difference" between the Red Wings' and KHL offers.
"Andreas is evaluating the pros and cons of all the offers," Ferris told MLive. "Andreas loves Detroit and especially the Detroit fans but he has to really consider the serious offers from the KHL he has before him."
According to MLive, Ferris said he hopes there will be a decision made this week.
Athanasiou, 23, is a restricted free agent with the team this season and has had contract talks with the Red Wings throughout the summer, but the two sides have not come to a deal.
Last season, he had 18 goals and 29 points in 64 games despite averaging only 13:28 on ice per game. His average time on ice was one of the lowest for players who regularly played with the Red Wings.