Wings trade Sheahan to Penguins for Wilson

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The Red Wings have traded forward Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Scott Wilson and a 2018 third round pick.

The Red Wings are reportedly facing cap space issues - as in they don't have enough money to offer a young winger a generous contract deal.

At this point, it appears Athanasiou will agree to a one-year contract that will leave him with arbitration rights next summer.

Unfortunately for both sides, the one-year term likely means a future contract dispute could be in the cards if both sides fail to find common ground next offseason, especially if the Red Wings fail to clear significant cap space from their current roster prior to next offseason. This down period for the Red Wings is the result of unsuccessful drafting, poor contract management and underperforming from many players on the roster. Sheahan is pointless so far this year but has a big opportunity with the Penguins. Detroit also announced they acquired New York Rangers forward Matt Puempel in exchange for defenseman Ryan Sproul. Wilson will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Red Wings and has no fantasy value.

McKenzie didn't mince words either when talking about the frustrations that both sides have been experiencing through this process.

The Red Wings' negotiations Athanasiou's agent had been gridlocked for the entirety of the National Hockey League offseason.

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Friday afternoon that "things are changing".

Sproul was a victim of the Red Wings having a log jam of young defensemen that are on their way to the Red Wings. What do you think of the moves the Red Wings made today?

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