"It's hard to separate yourself from other teams over the course of a game, or a season, because of competitive balance," Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "The cap system is designed for parity. You're not going to beat the system. A large majority of the teams are at .500, or just above or below. We're in that group, and it's going to be a photo finish to the end to make the playoffs."
General manager Ken Holland said before the team's game against Washington on Friday night that the 23-year-old Athanasiou needed to travel back from Europe and go through the immigration process, and that he still needed to pass a physical.