According to CapFriendly, the Detroit Red Wings are exactly at the league's the $75 million maximum with only 22 players on their roster. The team would need to waive or a trade player in order to add Athanasiou, or anyone else, to their 23-man roster.
this was somewhat inevitable, and once the season began it became even worse for AA. At the time franzen was placed on IR the team only gets relief to the extent they are over the cap. So whether we were 1,2 or 3 mil over the cap thats the total relief we can get from franzens ltir for the remainder of the season. In any of those situations we are left with zero capspace after franzens LTIR.