Detroit Red Wings, Adam Erne settle before arbitration, agree to new two-year deal

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Sunday they have come to terms on a two-year deal with forward Adam Erne.

The team did not release terms of the deal, but sportsnet.ca reports the contract is worth $4.2 million, with an average annual value of $2.1 million.

Erne, 26, filed for arbitration as a restricted free agent after tying for the team lead with 11 goals (a career high) and three power play goals in 45 games last season. He also had nine assists and a plus-minus rating of minus-1.

Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman drafted Erne when he was running the Tampa Bay organization with the No. 33 overall pick in 2013. Yzerman then brought Erne to the Wings in August 2019 via trade.

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The 6-foot-1, 212-pound left-handed shooter fits on the Wings’ roster as a fourth-line player who can be physical and win puck battles along the boards. He tied for third on the Wings last season with 26 penalty minutes

The Wings avoided an arbitration hearing with forward Jakub Vrana last week, inking him to a three-year deal worth a reported $15.75 million.

It has been a busy offseason for Yzerman, who late last month re-signed forward Tyler Bertuzzi for two years and $9.5 million. Yzerman also extended forward Sam Gagner and defenseman Marc Staal, and added forward Pius Suter, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and traded for defenseman Nick Leddy and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic.

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

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