Oilers forward Adam Erne has found himself in hot water with the league. Midway through the third period before the Oilers came back against the Seattle Kraken, Erne went elbow first into Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s face along the boards.
While he was assessed a two minute penalty for the hit, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety (DOPS) opted to fine the forward the maximum fine of $2018.23 for the hit.
Take a look at the hit here:
What happens now?
It is a bit of a surprise that Erne did not earn any sort of suspension for the hit, as it looked quite clear at the time. That being said, with the number of injuries and call-ups for the team right now, the Oilers are quite lucky Erne will still be eligible to play for the team going forward.
Erne has suited up for the team in seven games this season after signing a $775k one-year deal with the Oilers. He has also suited up four times for the Bakersfield Condors, recording a goal for the team.
A veteran of 362 games, the forward has recorded 89 points in his career split between the Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, and Edmonton Oilers. Expect him to stay up with the big club for the time being.