Detroit Red Wings: Three restricted free agents to avoid re-signing

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Adam Erne

Sometimes a general manager wins a deal by adding a player that needs a change of scenery or, like in Robby Fabbri‘s case, a more significant role on the ice.  The St. Louis Blues have plenty of talent, and Fabbri struggled to find enough ice-time to reach his full potential.

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Yzerman dealt fourth-line forward Jacob de La Rose, who Holland acquired with a waiver claim from the Montreal Canadiens.  It’s a deal that Yzerman won, and when you think about it, Detroit added Fabbri for free.

Some deals don’t exactly turn out the way you’d expect them too.  Yzerman signed Adam Erne to a one-year deal last summer.  Yzerman is very familiar with Erne as he had him in Tampa Bay, he understands his contributions on and off the ice.  Erne provides the third or fourth line with a needed physical presence to go along with some previous offensive success.

In his final year with the Lightning, Erne recorded 13 goals totaling 20 points in just 65 games.  If the Wings were able to receive similar production, he’d be a cheap asset for the Red Wings.  The problem is, in Detroit, Erne has provided the organization with very little on the ice.

In 56 contests with the Wings, Erne has scored 2 goals totaling a mere 5 points.  Erne’s CF% of 43.4 is problematic while averaging just 11:49 minutes of work per night.

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The Detroit Red Wings will be able to get similar production from the likes of Givani Smith, allowing them to move on from Erne next season.