Red Wings avoid arbitration with Adam Erne, sign 15th overall pick Sebastian Cossa

The Detroit Red Wings made a couple of moves over the weekend. They agreed to a two-year deal with Adam Erne and signed goaltender Sebastian Cossa to an entry-level contract.

According to Elliotte Friedman, the 26-year-old forward and Detroit settled on a deal worth $4.2 million. The deal allowed the to sides to avoid arbitration, which was set to start on Aug. 21.

Erne had a solid season last year, leading Detroit with 11 goals and had nine assists, for 20 points in 45 games. He tied a career-high set in 2018-19 with Tampa Bay Lightning over 65 games.

He also had three power-play goals, which tied for the Wings’ team lead.

Detroit acquired Erne from the Lightning, general manager Steve Yzerman’s former team, for a fourth-round pick in August of 2019. He was originally drafted with the 33rd pick overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In addition to agreeing to terms with Erne, Yzerman signed Cossa to a three-year entry-level contract. Detroit selected the 18-year-old after trading three picks to the Dallas Stars -- No. 23 overall, a second-round pick (48th overall) and a fifth-round pick (138th overall).

Cossa had a .941 save percentage through 19 games played this past season with the Edmonton Oil Kings of Canada’s Western Hockey League (WHL). During the 2019-20 season, Cossa a .921 save percentage with four shutouts.