DETROIT AGREES TO TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH ADAM ERNE
The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with left wing Adam Erne on a two-year contract.
Erne, 26, enjoyed a breakout season in his second campaign in Detroit, placing among Red Wings leaders with 11 goals (T1st), nine assists (T5th), 26 penalty minutes (T3rd), three power-play goals (T1st), six power-play points (T2nd), 71 shots on goal (9th), a 15.5 shooting percentage (5th) and 82 hits (1st). His 20 points in 45 games tied his career high, set in 2018-19 with Tampa Bay over 65 games, and quadrupled the offensive point total (5) from his first season with the Red Wings in 11 fewer games. Erne also posted Detroit’s longest point streak of the season, spanning eight games from April 1-15 and making him just the seventh Red Wings player to log a point streak of eight-or-more games over the last 10 seasons. In five NHL seasons with the Red Wings and Lightning, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound winger has totaled 52 points (26-26-52) and 116 penalty minutes in 215 games.
Originally drafted in the second round (33rd overall) by Tampa Bay in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Erne began his professional career by skating in 150 American Hockey League games with the Syracuse Crunch, totaling 88 points (41-47-88) and 156 penalty minutes between 2013-18. Prior to turning pro, Erne suited up for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Quebec Remparts from 2011-15, totaling 275 points (118-157-275) in 240 games. In his final season of junior hockey, he tallied a junior career-best 86 points (41-45-86) and 102 penalty minutes, while adding 30 points (21-9-30) in 22 postseason contests en route to capturing the President’s Cup with Quebec as the QMJHL champions and winning the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the postseason’s most-valuable player. The New Haven, Conn., native has also represented Team USA on the international stage at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, totaling seven points (5-2-7) in nine games between the two tournaments.
RED WINGS SIGN GOALTENDER SEBASTIAN COSSA TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
The Red Wings also signed goaltender Sebastian Cossa to a three-year entry-level contract.
Cossa, 18, was drafted by the Red Wings in last month’s 2021 NHL Entry Draft, as Detroit packaged a trio of draft picks (23rd, 48th and 138th overall) to acquire the 15th overall pick from the Dallas Stars to select the netminder. Cossa posted a dominant Western Hockey League season with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2020-21, leading the league in both goals-against average (1.57) and save percentage (0.941), while tying for the league lead in shutouts (4) and ranking second in wins (17) among his 17-1-1 record. Cossa’s season ranks among the best in WHL history, posting the third-lowest goals-against average and third-best save percentage in the history of the league. As a WHL rookie in 2019-20, Cossa posted a 21-6-3 record, 2.23 goals-against average, 0.921 save percentage and four shutouts.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound goaltender was the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s top North American goaltender for the draft, and he was the first goaltender off the board. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Cossa was one of five goaltenders who recently participated in Hockey Canada’s development camp ahead of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. Prior to joining the Oil Kings, Cossa played the previous three seasons (2016-19) with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in the Alberta minor hockey ranks, notably winning a league championship, top goaltender and most-valuable player honors in 2016-17.