Andreas Athanasiou has signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, according to Craig Custance of The Athletic. The 23-year-old was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Athanasiou recorded 32 points for Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids before splitting his time in the 2015-16 season between Detroit and Grand Rapids. In his first full year in Detroit, the London, Ont., native finished second on the team in scoring with 18 goals in 64 games played. He posted a career-best 33 points in 71 games in the 2017-18 season. Athanasiou is coming off a one-year, $1.3875 million contract that supplanted his three-year entry-level contract after the 2016-17 season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed forward Boone Jenner to a four-year, $15 million contract, locking up a player who has been a stalwart presence in the team’s emergence as a playoff contender. The Blue Jackets announced the deal on Thursday. The contract pays the 25-year-old Jenner $3.75 million annually through the 2021-22 season, according to a person with direct knowledge of the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Blue Jackets didn’t reveal the value of the deal. Jenner was a restricted free agent who made $2.9 million in 2017-18, a season in which he missed all of training camp and the first seven games of the season with a back injury. Although his numbers have fallen off since he scored 30 goals in 2015-16, Jenner was an alternate captain and key contributor down the stretch last season, which ended in a first-round playoff loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. The native of Dorchester, Ontario, said he was happy to get the four-year deal after starting his NHL career with the Blue Jackets. He’ll likely be the left wing on the second or third line. “Being there for five years, I knew that’s where I wanted to be, especially with the team we’ve got and the way things are going and what we’re building,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been a part of and want to continue to be a part of.” He ended last season with 13 goals and tied his career high with 19 assists. He piled up 12 points in March and logged a goal and two assists in six playoff games. “I think once things kind of settled down later toward the end of the year, I think I found my stride, and I was obviously happy with my play down the stretch,” he said. Jenner, a second-round draft pick by Columbus in 2011, has 86 goals and 75 assists in 342 NHL games. His best season was 2015-16, when he scored 30 goals and had 19 assists. “Boone Jenner has been an important player for the Columbus Blue Jackets with his work ethic, character and leadership on and off the ice,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “He is still a young player that is improving in all facets of the game, and we couldn’t be happier that he will continue to be a key contributor to our team in the years to come.”
The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with forward Jacob de la Rose on a two-year, $1.8 million contract. De La Rose appeared in 55 games last season for the Canadiens and posted four goals and eight assists with a minus-2 rating. The 23-year-old has played 119 NHL games over four seasons, all with the Canadiens and has scored eight goals and added 11 assists. De La Rose was selected in the second round, 34th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.