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Fisher: Preds want guys that want to win, ‘wasn’t the case’ with Erat

Apr 4, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT


It appears there’s little love lost between the Predators and Martin Erat.

A day after Nashville GM David Poile expressed disappointment over Erat’s trade demand — which landed the 31-year-old winger in Washington — Preds forward Mike Fisher threw in his two cents.

“I think when a guy wants out and he wants to leave … we want guys here that want to play and want to be a part of this team, want to win,” Fisher told John Glennon of The Tennessean. “That wasn’t the case with Marty. So you just kind of move on.”

Fisher also added it was “a little surprising” to learn of the trade demand.

It’s starting to sound as though Erat ruffled more than a few feathers upon leaving the club.

Poile said he wouldn’t try to “sugarcoat” anything when it came to Erat’s departure, stating he noticed an uptick in performance and production from the Czech winger shortly after making his trade request.

Here’s more on that, from Fox Sports Tennessee’s John Manasso:

Sometimes, Poile said, a player needs a change of scenery.

It certainly seemed to be that way with Erat, who, after an outburst of eight points in four games — which apparently coincided with his request; perhaps Erat was doing his best to showcase himself — sank back into a lack of productivity.

Over the last three games, he went without a point (minus-2 ).

As for Erat’s future — well, he’s getting thrown into the fire pretty quickly in Washington.

He arrived in D.C. early Thursday morning to practice in anticipation of his Caps debut — which will happen tonight, at the Verizon Center, against the Islanders.

Erat will reportedly skate on a line with Mathieu Perreault and former Preds teammate Joel Ward, and Caps head coach Adam Oates said there’ll be no easing Erat in.

“Very important, a guy who can play in all situations,” Oates told the Washington Post. “It’s why he’s an upper echelon player.

“He’s a smart guy, can handle the responsibilities of playing in some of the different types of situations.”

  1. bekay19 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Obviously it will take a few years to pan out, but I think Washington will regret this trade. The Caps are receiving another under performing European and good for Nashville to get a legit prospect in return

  2. titansbro - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Preds making out like bandits in this trade.

  3. nikk1977 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    If they wanted a slightly above winger with respect to the offensive side of his game, who doesn’t play defense with character issues, shouldn’t they have just held onto Semin? Instead of trading one of the top 20-25 prospects not currently playing in the NHL, whose stock is increasing??? Ignorant trade by Washington.

  4. killerpgh - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I agree that the Preds will win this trade long term, but by saying they don’t want players that don’t want to be here anymore goes against matching Weber’s offer sheet from the Flyers? I’m glad they did because I think Webber is the best D-man in the league, but with Weber signing that offer sheet and saying saying he didn’t want to stick around Nashville for a rebuild kind of goes against what Poile has said.

  5. bellicosejeff - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    No. Weber had the option to sign his one year tender then bounce a UFA the next season. It was well known by Weber and his agents that we would match any offer put in on him. Weber wanted a cap circumventing mega deal as he knew the old cba was done. Poile doesn’t do those deal and Weber’s camp knew this. So he found a team he would like to play for IF we decided not to match.

    Basically, if Weber truly wanted out he has the stupidest agents in the history of sports agents. As I said he could have signed the one year tender, or just flat out requested a trade like Erat did. Poile, like any gm, doesn’t want players on his team that don’t wanna be here.

  6. sasquatch678 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Well, at least now I won’t have to worry about missing Erat. Good riddance to Mr. Sour Grapes. He did nothing this year, anyway. I’m excited about Forsberg and love this trade.

  7. sgtr0c - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    If in the last calender year, three of your top star players want to be traded or bolt (or try to bolt), it is not the players fault. Maybe if one wanted to leave, but three. Your comments about “wanting to win ” players sounds contrite.

  8. uscthom78 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Arat requested a trade

  9. jacketsfan7 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    No but erat did

  10. jacketsfan7 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Anyways I think Nashville definitely won this trade

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