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Detroit Acquires Adam Erne From Tampa Bay

 

added 2:12pm, Detroit release is below.

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired forward Adam Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Detroit’s fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

Erne, 24, posted career numbers during the 2018-19 season with the Lightning, recording personal bests in games played (65), goals (7) and assists (13) en route to reaching the 20-point plateau. He also finished third on the Lightning last season with 159 hits. Drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning, Erne has totaled 27 points (13-14-27) in 114 games over the last three seasons with Tampa Bay, in addition to suiting up in three playoff games for the Lightning last season. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound forward has spent parts of four seasons (2013-18) with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, skating in 150 games and recording 41 goals and 47 assists. Erne also posted 10 points (3-7-10) for the Crunch during their postseason run in 2016-17 before being defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Calder Cup Finals. 

Prior to turning pro, Erne suited up for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four seasons, totaling 118 goals, 157 assists and 275 points in 240 games. During his final campaign in Quebec (2014-15), Erne posted a career-best 86 points (41-45-86) in 60 games and led the Remparts to a President Cup victory, tallying 21 goals and nine assists during the team’s playoff run and claiming the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the postseason most valuable player. Before joining the Remparts, Erne skated with the Indiana Ice of the USHL for one season (2010-11), recording 18 points (10-8-18) in 45 games. A native of New Haven, Conn., Erne represented Team USA at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia and the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

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Paul's avatar

His stat page at NHL.com.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/14/19 at 02:09 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Justin Bourne tweet,

That’s a nice get for a fourth. He’s an NHLer. Trade a 4th for that every day.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/14/19 at 02:15 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

A 4th round pick, eh.  Who’s job is he taking?  Can we get rid of Fil now?

Posted by TreKronor on 08/14/19 at 02:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

If a member of The Athletic, Joe Smith in December, Behind Adam Erne’s breakthrough season for Lightning.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/14/19 at 02:23 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

He’s on a one year contract so that will give the Wings time to figure out what he might really have in him.  Yzerman should know what he’s getting, but I get nervous having seen a few “breakthrough” seasons from other players who fizzle away.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/14/19 at 02:26 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

imma trust’n Stevie’s insight

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 08/14/19 at 02:30 PM ET

Paul's avatar

YouTube page involving Erne, including a fight with AA.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/14/19 at 02:32 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’ve sat here for a few minutes stumped.

My gut reaction was “Wow, wasn’t Erne like a 1st round talent?”  But then I remembered he was a 2nd round pick.  And then I was doubtful and wondered if he was another Dylan Sadowy (who I initially liked the trade for, but ugh).  So now I don’t know what to think.

I agree with Bourne that a 4th for an NHLer is usually a good trade.  But I’m concerned about him blocking other young players from accessing the DET roster, and Erne’s upside seems limited at this stage.

Unless this means DET’s cutting ties with an overpriced Helm or Abdelkader, I’m not sure what sense this makes at this stage.

We’ll find out I guess.

Posted by Primis on 08/14/19 at 02:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

From what I’ve seen on Youtube, Erne appears to be a McCarty-type of a forward instead of a defenseman, which is probably why Witter was let go.  He can score goals and agitate just enough.  Can’t have a defenseman constantly fighting his way to the box too often and shortening that bench.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/14/19 at 03:12 PM ET

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I think it means we may get some younger guys on the team and a vet possibly sent down if not traded.  You bring in a guy like this so your young guys arent getting harassed all night.  At the least hes a bug catcher who can play.  Must have a high compete level as well and that’s my biggest knock on helmet and abby is lack of tenacity on the ice, especially in roles meant for tenacious players..

As it lies its confusing, it must be leading to something else.

Posted by ThatGuy on 08/14/19 at 03:33 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Looking at his stats from last year and they are almost identical to abdelkader’s….except for age and $$$$ contract.. similar players.. confused ... message sent I hope

Posted by Down River Dan on 08/14/19 at 03:44 PM ET

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As it lies its confusing, it must be leading to something else.

I don’t get what’s so confusing about stockpiling young, cheap talent during a rebuild.

Can’t have a defenseman constantly fighting his way to the box too often and shortening that bench.

And you can’t have Mantha breaking his hand in a fight every season if you want him to become a 30 or 40 goal scorer.

But I’m concerned about him blocking other young players from accessing the DET roster, and Erne’s upside seems limited at this stage.

The only reason he would block anyone is that he’s better than them. His contract is likely to be small enough that it can be completely buried if he doesn’t earn a spot.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/14/19 at 04:00 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Cap casualty for TB I assume. He may as well be the 13th forward, but that gives the Wings 14 if this guy is signed and sticks in the NHL.

If anything more, he’ll just be bought out.

If not, the bigger question is who goes to the AHL? Erne, Ehn, Chevy, Hirose, Ras.

Posted by ilovehomers on 08/14/19 at 04:29 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I like this move, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out as the season gets started. What vet(s) will get sent down or traded as the kids prove themselves more capable? Who’s job is Erne taking? Good stuff all around.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/14/19 at 07:09 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

This one perplexes me a little. Erne is not signed, he’s RFA with arbitration rights. I have no idea what kind of salary he’ll end up with, but why not offer sheet him for $1,339,575 or less and get him for nothing? Maybe he’s looking for more, in which case it would be a minimum of a 3rd rounder ($1,339,576 to $2,029,659). I mean, a 4th round pick for an NHL player isn’t a bad deal, and maybe Stevie tried that route. I’ll be curious to see if he’s signed before coming to camp, or if he’d even come to camp w/o a contract. Doubt he has that kind of clout, so it might be equivalent to a PTO in a way.

Posted by Steeb on 08/14/19 at 08:40 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Numbers were a little off, those are from 2018.
2019 numbers are
$1,395,053 or below: None
$1,395,053 to $2,113,716: 3rd round pick

Posted by Steeb on 08/14/19 at 08:43 PM ET

Paul's avatar

CapFriendly tweet,

Detroit #RedWings have signed newly acquired F Adam Erne to a 1 year/1-way contract with an AAV of $1.05M ($950k Base + $100k SB).

Erne will once again be an RFA with Arb rights when his new deal expires next summer.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/14/19 at 08:57 PM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

Looking at his stats from last year and they are almost identical to abdelkader’s….except for age and $$$$ contract.. similar players.. confused ... message sent I hope

Posted by Down River Dan on 08/14/19 at 03:44 PM ET

Similar stats to Abdelkader while skating over 50% of his shifts with Paquette and any combination of Callahan and Mathieu.

Abdelkader’s primary linemate in 40% of his shifts last year was Dylan Larkin.

Abby is 32 and has 3 years left at 4.25m per.  Assuming Erne’s signs and stays in Detroit it’s realistic to think he’ll get no more than 1 to 1.5m on a short term deal while turning 25 next April. 

Steve has watched this guy play since he was in NHL draft diapers.  If Erne ends up signing with the Wings I’m trusting the judgement of our GM and look forward to seeing what dead weight is shed from the current roster as a result. 

Finding optimism in a ho-hum Wings trade in mid-August is a damn nice feeling to have for a change.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 08/14/19 at 09:03 PM ET

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Best meme line

Bert-Ehn-Erne

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 08/14/19 at 09:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Best meme line

Bert-Ehn-Erne

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 08/14/19 at 09:12 PM ET

Dear Gord…

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/14/19 at 09:56 PM ET

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Yzerman plans on banishing all awful Holland picks to GR. The Griffs will be full of 4th line NHL talent.

Posted by Probie4Prez on 08/14/19 at 11:44 PM ET

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The guy who hit Green a little late and a little high on the play that reaggravated Green’s neck injury.

Not really a tough guy.

But certainly seems like he finishes his checks.

Competition at the bottom of the roster, adding another younger option.

I’m not sure it makes any sense at all to buy out Abby or Helm
at this stage of the rebuild - it only hurts you in later years when you need the cap space more. And I don’t know if it’s worth retaining salary and adding a sweetener to move either player. But this helps send the message: don’t be complacent.

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/15/19 at 12:22 AM ET

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Its gonna hurt so bad when a kid gets sent down and Abby stays in the NHL.

Posted by ilovehomers on 08/15/19 at 08:41 AM ET

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Yzerman had said he might be interested in another RW. This apparently fills that hole at minimal cost with potential upside. Yzerman certainly knows what he is getting.

Looks like Yzerman is setting up competition for most roster spots. I think it will all shake out by the start of the season. The real questions will be whether or not Yzerman / Blashill are willing to sit/send down Abby or Helm if there is more upside to playing someone else. The same could be said for Ericsson and Daley on defense.

Here’s hoping they all play well and some of these old assets can be turned into picks/prospects.

Posted by evileye on 08/15/19 at 12:53 PM ET

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