Wed, 21 Oct 2020

Oilers acquire F Athanasiou, D Green from Red Wings

Field Level Media
25 Feb 2020, 05:19 GMT+10

The Edmonton Oilers acquired speedy forward Andreas Athanasiou and veteran defenseman Mike Green from the Detroit Red Wings in a pair of trades on Monday.

Athanasiou joined minor-league forward Ryan Kuffner in heading to Edmonton in exchange for center Sam Gagner and a second-round pick in both the 2020 and 2021 NHL Drafts.

Green was sent to the Oilers for forward Kyle Brodziak and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2020 or 2021.

Athanasiou will join captain Connor McDavid in adding to the considerable high-octane attack of the Oilers.

The 25-year-old Athanasiou has collected 10 goals and 14 assists in 46 games this season with the Red Wings, although his minus-45 rating leaves plenty to be desired.

Athanasiou is one year removed from a breakout season in 2018-19, when he posted career-high totals in goals (30), assists (24), points (54) and games played (76).

Athanasiou has recorded 83 goals, 71 assists and 113 penalty minutes in 294 career games since being selected by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

Kuffner, 23, did not record a point in 10 NHL games last season with the Red Wings.

Gagner's second stint with the Oilers didn't go as well as the first. He has totaled 10 goals and 12 assists in 61 games over the last two seasons, including five and seven, respectively, in 36 games in 2019-20.

Gagner, 30, has collected 163 goals and 295 assists in 838 career games with the Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks. He began his career in Edmonton after being selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Green, 34, is in the final season of a two-year contract signed in June 2018 and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The two-time All-Star has three goals and eight assists in 48 games this season. A first-round pick by Washington in 2004, he has 501 points (150 goals, 351 assists) in 878 games with the Capitals (2005-15) and Red Wings (2015-20).

"You can never have enough defensemen," Oilers general manager Ken Holland said. "Obviously I know Mike Green from my days in Detroit, and his strengths are his ability to skate and his ability to move the puck."

Green was a Norris Trophy finalist in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and has 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 76 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Brodziak, 35, has missed the entire 2019-20 season with a back injury. He has 296 points (129 goals, 167 assists) in 917 games with the Oilers (2005-09, 2018-19), Minnesota Wild (2009-15) and St. Louis Blues (2015-18).

The Oilers (33-22-7) moved into second place in the Pacific Division with a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.

--Field Level Media

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