Erne was tendered a qualifying offer by Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Erne is coming off a career year with the Lightning, in which he set personal bests in games played (65), goals (seven), assists (13) and shots (70). If the 23-year-old can continue his development, he could challenge for the 30-point mark in 2019-20. The winger's qualifying offer would see him playing on a one-year, two-way deal worth $840,000.
Erne was scratched for Game 4 on Tuesday night. His ice time had ranged from 8:22 to 9:25 in the previous three games and he'd managed four shots and one minor penalty. In other words, Erne didn't make a dent. He's always had potential, but Erne hasn't been able to cement a full-time role yet.
Erne (upper body) will return for Monday's matchup with the Maple Leafs, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Erne missed the Lightning's last game with his upper-body injury but should be back for this clash of Atlantic Division rivals. He has seven goals and 18 points through 53 appearances in a bottom-six role.
Erne is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. As a result, we wouldn't count on Erne playing against Detroit on Saturday. In conjunction with defenseman Dan Girardi's lower-body issue, the Bolts should be a bit less threatening, albeit facing an opponent that they've historically dominated. Erne's next chance to play should arrive Monday for a road game against the Maple Leafs.
Erne put up a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Winnipeg. Erne has three points in his last two games, but just 18 (seven goals, 11 assists) in 52 games this season. At 23, Erne is adjusting his game from high-flying offensive junior player and is unlikely to be a fantasy force in shallow leagues.
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