Erne was acquired by the Red Wings from the Lightning on Wednesday in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick. Erne set career highs last season in games played (65), goals (seven) and assists (13). While given a qualifying offer from Tampa Bay, the two sides inability to find middle ground may have let to the decision to part ways. With Detroit, the 23-year-old could challenge for a top-six role, in addition to being a factor on the power play, which could see him push for the 30-point mark.
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.
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