Detroit Red Wings: Adam Erne must want out of Hockeytown

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The Detroit Red Wings brought in some players this offseason that might have been viewed as possible rental players or just players to invest in. However, someone who was acquired via trade by General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman brought a player back that he had with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

However, as the trade deadline approaches, the Detroit Red Wings may be apt to try and move Adam Erne, who was not one of the prominent trade deadline names. Erne has been unrealistically good in 2020-21, putting up great numbers so far.

If the opportunity presents itself, the Red Wings should be willing to move the 25-year-old forward for whatever they can get. With the way that Erne is scoring, he could very well garner interest from teams looking to get a cheap addition to their forward core.

The way Detroit Red Wings forward Adam Erne is scoring seems like he might be trying to play his way out of Hockeytown.

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Erne is on his way to breaching a career-high in points if he can continue to find the net on occasion or set up someone for a goal.

For the Red Wings, Erne has played 32 games in 2020-21, where he has scored nine goals and added five assists for fourteen total points.

He may be a minus-six in terms of plus/minus, but he has been able to put up offense in a role that is more closely in line with that of a fourth-liner.

He is currently averaging around thirteen minutes of ice time a night but is third in scoring, while Anthony Mantha and Robby Fabbri are tied for first at 10 goals apiece.

It may be weird to say, but Erne is in the top three in goal scoring for the Red Wings and the top ten in points on the 2020-21 season.

If he continues to score and put up points in 2020-21, he could very well be shopped on the market as a depth guy for teams looking for a minute piece for a postseason run.

Erne will be arbitration-eligible after this season as a restricted free agent heading into the 2021-22 season. He currently makes $997,500 for the Red Wings, according to CapFriendly, which should mean that no team will be worried about the potential cap hit.

With all of this scoring, Erne seems like he might just be playing his way out of Hockeytown with his recent performance. The bottom line is, if Steve Yzerman can move Erne for any draft capital or a deal with a sweetener, he needs to pounce on it.

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The Detroit Red Wings could have an active trade deadline, and Adam Erne might be on the move.