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Red Wings Daily: Maatta Sought AA Rating Before Signing With Detroit

Before signing with the Red Wings, free agent defenseman Olli Maatta sought opinions on the team and city from some of his teammates in LA



Andreas Athanasiou, former Red WIngs
Before signing with the Red Wings, Olli Maatta asked Andreas Athanasiou what he thought of Detroit.

As he was considering a contract offer from the Red Wings, defenseman Olli Maatta was wanting a second option. He thought opting to get a AA rating on the city of Detroit and the organization would be a wise investment strategy.

He contacted forward Andreas Athanasiou to solicit his opinion on both Motown and Hockeytown. The two were teammates with the Los Angeles Kings.

AA gave both entities a AAA rating.

“Athanasiou, I’m pretty good friends with him,” Maatta explained. “He was there for a long time and he had nothing but good things to say about it – the organization and team-wise, the guys in there, the staff.”

Athanasiou wasn’t the only former Detroit player to sing about the praises of the Red Wings organization directly into Maatta’s ears.

“(Troy) Stecher was another one,” Maatta said. “And you talk a lot with your agent (J.P. Barry), about teams that are available and where you want to go.

“I heard nothing bad about Detroit. It was all great things. How exciting the team is, and they definitely want to be a contender. So I just want to be a part of it. It just felt right.”

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