The Detroit Red Wings have acquired F Adam Erne from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a 2020 4th round draft pick.
The Wings could use forward help, and Erne gives them just that. He is a bottom six winger that will improve the team. Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman was the GM of the Lightning in 2013, when they drafted Erne 33rd overall. So Yzerman obviously likes him. Erne is an RFA, now the only one on the Wings, and will command less than $4.57 million a year, also known as Detroit cap space. They also have Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen on LTIR.
Erne, 24, scored seven goals with 13 assists for 20 points in 65 games for the Lightning this season. In his NHL career, all in Tampa Bay, Erne has scored 13 goals with 14 assists for 27 points in 114 games.
The Lightning have just over $9 million in cap space, and they\’ll need to use all of it, maybe more to sign their only RFA remaining, Brayden Point. They didn\’t have the space to sign Erne as well. Erne is replaceable on the 4th line.