The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Adam Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick. Erne (a left-handed shot) saw increased playing time and point totals for the Lightning last season, amassing seven goals and 13 assists in 65 games.
Erne also amassed a .478 face-off win percentage and finished the regular season with a rating of plus-10. His physical play style, as well as the fact that he draws very few penalties, makes him an excellent addition to the Red Wings forward group.
The move to Detroit sees Erne reunited with former Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman who was responsible for drafting Erne during the 2013 Entry Draft. Here, Erne went in the second round (33rd overall) and proved to be a valuable pick.
This trade marks Yzerman’s first move as general manager for the Red Wings. But Erne’s contract will still have to be negotiated, as he currently holds Restricted Free Agent (RFA) status. His last contract totaled $800,000 and had a one year tenure. Erne was amongst the restricted free agents who did not file for arbitration.
The move can be seen as mutually beneficial for both teams involved. For the Lightning, this now opens up a roster spot within their already crowded forward group and saves cap space that may be used in targeting RFA Brayden Point. On the other hand, the Red Wings may provide an opportunity for Erne to thrive within a new role.
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