Erne (lower body) signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Erne's new deal is a one-way contract, which means he likely won't be spending as much time in the minors as he did last year. In total, the winger appeared in 41 contests for the Crunch during the previous campaign, in which he snagged 12 goals, 14 helpers and 38 PIM. With the Lightning, the 23-year-old saw action in 23 contests on his way to four points, 29 shots and 37 hits, while averaging 10:07 of ice time. Considering Ryan Callahan (shoulder) will be sidelined until at least November, Erne could have a shot at a consistent spot in the lineup in his absence.
Erne (lower body) received a qualifying offer from the Lightning on Monday. The Bolts get first right of refusal or a draft pick in compensation if Erne inks an offer sheet with another club. Erne has played parts of the last two seasons with the Bolts, but he struggled with injury this year. He did not play in any playoff games this season.
Erne (lower body) was unable to get back to 100 percent before the end of the Lightning's season. Erne's last appearance came March 26, as he missed the entirety of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Even if healthy, the winger may not have had a spot in the lineup given the emergence of Anthony Cirelli. Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, the 23-year-old will likely split time between the NHL and AHL once again.
Erne (lower body) was spotted in a regular jersey at practice Thursday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Erne has yet to play during the playoffs for the Lightning and has been sidelined since March 26 because of the lower-body issue. His return to practice is certainly an encouraging sign, but he seems a likely candidate to remain in the press box even when he is fully healthy.
Erne (lower body) wore a non-contract jersey during Tuesday's morning skate, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Erne hasn't tasted game action since he sustained his lower-body injury March 26 against the Coyotes, and he doesn't appear to be particularly close to being cleared to return, either. The Lightning should release another update on the 23-year-old winger's status once he's able to start taking contact in practice, but his opportunities to return this season are dwindling quickly, as Tampa Bay is currently down 2-0 to the Capitals in the Eastern Conference finals.
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