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Preds GM won’t ‘sugarcoat’ Martin Erat’s trade request

Apr 3, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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It’s not exactly a secret that Ryan Suter left the Nashville Predators on bad terms, at least with GM David Poile.* Martin Erat could be another long-term guy who might hear some boos whenever he’s back in town.

While he fetched an impressive bounty in the form of first-rounder Filip Forsberg, some could still have issues with the fact that Erat requested a trade. Poile didn’t deny that to Fox Sports South’s John Manasso.

“I can’t sugarcoat it, it’s really disappointing,” Poile said.

Yet while Suter left a crater behind on the team’s defense, the 31-year-old Erat’s trade request might have opened the door for Nashville to add its foundation.

In fact, ESPN’s Craig Custance ranks among those who report that Forsberg, 19, could even get a few reps at the NHL level this season. Whether he does or not, this could be a big move for Nashville’s future.

Even if it means some pain in the present.

* – The team didn’t even put together a “tribute video” during Suter’s return to Nashville, which seems to be pretty commonplace for former Predators with a few years of service.

  1. jaybaileys - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    He’s probably jumping for joy to get rid of an underperforming, never was guy. I thought his contract was a joke when he signed a few years back. The Caps giving up there best prospect for this turd is unreal.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      GMGM said in his presser that all of our scouts signed off on this trade… Makes me wonder if something is going on with him

  2. profsudz - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Man Poile is the whiniest baby I’ve ever come across in pro sports

    • jernster21 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      He can whine all he wants, at least he’s not Jay Feaster or George McPhee.

    • scionofflame - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      You’re adorable. I’ll keep in mind that your constructive comments are a credit to the PHT community. Truly, truly…you are a shining point of brilliance in a sea of idiocy. Thanks for the chuckle.

      • profsudz - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Thanks

  3. modellforprez - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    is this the one article that talks about the Gordon Staal trade. thanks

  4. rsl22 - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Considering his salary restrictions, he does a pretty solid job. I wish he was GM of the Caps still.

  5. scionofflame - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    David Poile is a very trusting GM, sometimes to his detriment. Guy can make trades though, and the Caps got fleeced to hell on that deal.

  6. bmoreredfury311 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Now there was article a couple of days ago on CSNwashington.com. About how Forsbergs Swiss team was trying to get him to stay over there for another year. Maybe McPhee knows something we don’t. Still kinda shocked and confused about the whole thing, but time will only tell…..

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:14 AM

      Sweden Switzerland
      Forsberg plays/played in Sweden this year:

      http://www.capgeek.com/player/2333

      http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=29626

  7. canucks30 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    What’s he complaining about? He just fleeced Washington by getting arguably their best prospect for a 30+ year old career second liner

  8. whammy71 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Flyers Suck! Thank you for listening!!!

    • kordicmay91caps - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Duh. Duh. Duh. Duhhh-duh. Duh. Duh. Duh. Duhhh-duh. Duh. Duh. Duh. Duhhh-duh. Duh-Duh-Duh. Flyers Suck!

  9. jimw81 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Preds have to pay off that Weber contract somehow…

  10. nshtn15 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    No way Erat gets booed in Smashville. He handled this situation quietly & with class. We appreciate what he has meant to this team. With Suter it was not because he left, but the way that he did it: lied to the fans, local media, & Poile who (unwisely) trusted him because of their relationship. He manipulated the situation to ensure that we got nothing for the years invested in developing his career.

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