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Has Erat thought about asking Caps for trade? ‘No, not yet’

Oct 10, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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Things don’t appear to be getting any better between the Capitals and Martin Erat.

Erat, demoted to fourth-line duty through the first three games of the season, has already voiced his displeasure about how he’s being utilized in Washington’s offense.

Now, the trade talks have begun.

CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley asked Erat if he’s considered the possibility of asking out of Washington, to which the Czech forward replied “no, not yet.”

“I know what I can do,” Erat continued. “We’ll see what happens.”

It’s a fairly cryptic response from a guy that isn’t happy, isn’t trying to hide the fact and — oh yeah! — has a history with demanding trades, having forced his way out of Nashville.

Erat told CSN he’s spoken to head coach Adam Oates about his role, but it doesn’t seem as though anything’s on the verge of changing, meaning Erat could find himself averaging around eight minutes a game (down from the 18:55 he averaged for Nashville last season) for the foreseeable future.

Further complicating matters is Erat’s contract status. He has two seasons left on a seven-year, $31.5 million deal that carries an average annual cap hit of $4.5 million.

Any potential deal — and remember, Erat’s on record saying he hasn’t contemplated a trade request yet — would seemingly be tough to pull off, considering Erat turns 33 next year, and it’s safe to say teams wouldn’t be enamored by the prospect of adding a 33-year-old fourth-liner eating up nearly $5 million in cap space.

In a related story, the player Nashville got in exchange for Erat, Filip Forsberg, scored his first-ever NHL goal in his season debut on Tuesday night.

  1. c9castine - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    typical washington BS. doing a great job McPhee

    • jb8588 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      As a Caps hater living in the DC area, all I have to do is sit back and watch this team self-destruct every season all thanks to McPhee.

  2. stakex - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    This was always an iffy trade to begin with. I get that the Caps wanted instant fire power to make a run last year (and the next couple years), and didn’t want to wait for Forsberg to develop. Not to mention you just never know how a prospect will play when they hit the NHL. I get all that…. but they traded a promising young prospect for essentially a 4th line player at this point? Ouch.

    Granted the season is only three games old, and Erat might break out and Forsberg might not do much… but if Erat continues to flounder on the 4th line and Forsberg has a great rookie season I think Caps fans will be a bit miffed to say the least.

    • jb8588 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      If you’re going to trade a top prospect like Forsberg either by himself or in a package, then you need to get a impact player in return, especially somebody who is Erat’s age. Erat has always been a decent scorer on a team that never had other options, but far from a true impact player.

  3. withseidelinn - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    They could have gotten a lot better than Erat for Frosberg.

  4. kyzslew77 - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Erat played entirely on the 1st and 2nd lines at the end of last season and during the playoffs, but has now played all of 3 games on the 4th line in 2013 because Oates is still figuring out his lineups, and wanted a responsible veteran to help out rookies Tom Wilson and Michael Latta on the 4th line.

    Forsberg scored one goal during a 5 on 3.


  5. jaybaileys - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Polie must have been drunk when he signed that deal, thought it was one of the worst signings ever when it was announced. It was only outdone by McPhee trading a top prospect for this stiff.

  6. vshehane - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Erat’s best days are behind him. Thank you from Nashville!

  7. prov1x - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Be careful what you ask for, Marty. One of Poile’s better deals.

  8. ravanator - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Love seeing all the hate from other teams fans. This tells me other fans fear playing the Caps this season. This is the Caps year to raise the cup!


    • mrpinkca - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      I’m not used seeing this extraordinary level of spin outside a Fox News broadcast. It’s impressive.

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