Detroit Red Wings Acquire Forward Adam Erne From Tampa Bay Lightning

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 14: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets knocks the puck away from Adam Erne #73 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 14, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 3-1 to take a 3-0 series lead. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Adam Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2020 NHL Draft.

Adam Erne To Detroit

Adam Erne was selected in the second round (No. 33 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. Last season was a career year for Erne. He played in a personal best 65 games for the Lightning as he recorded a career-best seven goals and 13 assists en route to his first 20-point season. In three seasons with the Lightning, he has totalled 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 114 games. In addition, Erne suited up for three playoff games for the Lightning last season.

Over the course of his career, Erne has spent parts of four seasons (2013-18) in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch. In 150 games with the Crunch, Erne recorded 41 goals and 47 assists. Erne also posted 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) for the Crunch during their postseason run in 2016-17 which ended in defeat at the hands of the Grand Rapid Griffins in the Calder Cup Finals.

What This Means

With RFA Brayden Point in need of a new contract and the Tampa Bay Lightning only having $9.38 million in cap space, it was necessary for the Lightning to make a trade. Not to mention the Lightning currently have 49 contracts on the books. This comes after signing Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year deal. As well, a team can only have 50 contracts on the books to start the season, so a move was eventually coming.

The Red Wings, on the other hand, have $4.57 million in cap space. Adam Erne is the only player needing a contract. Over the past three seasons, Erne carried a cap hit of $874,167. With his production last season, he was probably looking for a salary of over a million. Erne became expendable for the Lightning. Detroit has the cap space to sign the RFA to the deal he wants, while the Lightning can focus on getting a deal done for Point.


In the hours following the trade, it was reported by CapFriendly that Erne signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings. The deal comes in at a $1.05 million cap hit, although Erne’s base pay is $905,000. The other $100,000 is provided through signing bonuses.


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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing about the NHL for Last Word on Hockey. His work includes writing about the New Jersey Devils as well as NHL Notebooks for the Metro and Central Division. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey. As one coach put it "he is the student of the game." When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim continues to coach a local high school team. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer


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