Updated 2x at 6:34 PM: The Detroit Red Wings held a short Zoom call with Adam Erne and the media today, subsequent to Erne signing a 2-year, $4.2 million contract:
Adam Erne on his performance last season: “Its about being able to do something with the opportunity when you get it. I was able to do that. It felt good to have a year like that.” #LGRW @DetroitRedWings— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) August 16, 2021
Update: Here’s a bit more from Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen:
“It felt good to have a year like (2020-21),” Erne said. “Hopefully I can pick up where I left off.”
Some fans think the Red Wings overpaid Erne, but Nazem Kadri, Jamie Benn, Mattias Janmark Travis Konecmy, Kasperi Kapanen were among the 11-goal scorers and all of them are making a smilar salary or much more than Erne .
Like every Red Wing, Erne is excited about the offseason acquisitions.
“I think every year that goes by, we are a young team getting older,” Erne said. “The guys they are bringing have experience. I think we are getting closer and closer and I think we will be a good team next year.”
Update #2: Here’s the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan’s report:
Erne, 26, a restricted free agent with salary arbitration rights, filed for arbitration with the case scheduled to have been heard Saturday. But the two sides were able to work something out long before the hearing was to take place.
“We just talked a few times this summer and it’s a process, and (the deal) wasn’t done yet, so we had to file for arbitration,” Erne said Monday during a Zoom call with reporters. “We were able to find number that both of us were happy with, and that’s pretty much it. It wasn’t anything crazy.”
The two-year contract takes Erne into unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2023. Erne was pleased to have the security of the second year of the contract.
“It all depends on numerous factors (on the player’s and team’s situations),” Erne said of getting the second year. “But it’s definitely nice to have two years, for sure.”