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Red Wings Acquire Forward Adam Erne In Trade With Lightning

He's a hard-nosed winger who likes to mix it up.

August 14, 2019 - 3:08 pm

Steve Yzerman has made a trade with his former team for a player he knows well. 

The Red Wings acquired forward Adam Erne from the Lightning on Wednesday for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick. 

Erne, a second-round pick of Tampa Bay in 2013, posted seven goals and 20 points in 65 games last season. He's a heavy, hard-nosed winger who likes to mix it up. His 159 hits ranked third on the Lightning last year. 

With the Wings, Erne will compete for a bottom-six forward role. There is at least one wing spot up for grabs entering training camp. 

The 24-year-old is currently a restricted free agent, so Detroit will have to get him signed soon. He made $800,000 last season. A slight salary bump is probably in the cards.

Yzerman has made it clear in his short stint with the Wings that competitiveness is a trait he values in his players. Erne adds more of it.