Some roster shuffling took place in Detroit on Saturday afternoon. With the recent signing of Andreas Athanasiou on Friday afternoon, the Red Wings had to make a roster move to make room for the speedy forward. The Red Wings traded Center Riley Sheahan and 2018 fifth round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for left wing Scott Wilson and a 2018 third round pick. The move was announced via Red Wings twitter account.
For Detroit, moving Riley Sheahan was based off of two things, his contract and production. The former first round pick in the 2010 NHL draft (21st overall pick by Detroit) has not panned ideal as the Wings hoped. Last season Sheahan failed to score a goal through 79 games and was minus 29 which was a team worst. This season Sheahan has no points through eight games.
The move also freed up Detroit’s cap space to make room for Athanasiou’s contract. Sheahan’s contract is worth $2.075 million where Athanasiou just signed a $1.378 million dollar deal for one year. The Red Wings newest forward Scott Wilson earns $625,000. Andreas Athanasiou still needs to return to Detroit for a physical and get his work visa before he’s can suit up in a game for the Red Wings.
photo taken by Diane Woodring