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McPhee: ‘No regrets’ about acquiring Erat, will look to make trade

Nov 25, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

George McPhee

George McPhee has heard Martin Erat’s trade demands, and he’s going to try and meet them.

That was the story out of Washington on Monday as the Caps GM addressed media following Erat’s announcement that he wants out of the nation’s capital less than 10 months after being acquired from Nashville.

“Marty doesn’t feel like he fits in here,” McPhee explained. “We’ll try to accommodate him.”

Among the noteworthy points made by McPhee regarding the situation:

– The Caps GM had “no regrets” about making the deal last April.

– Washington won’t retain any of Erat’s salary in a trade. The 32-year-old Czech has two years remaining on his deal with a $4.5 average annual cap hit, but his salary is $3.75 million this year and $2.25 million in 2014-15.

– McPhee and head coach Adam Oates said Erat has been “professional” with his trade demands, and they expect him to remain that way. All of this sounds as though Caps fans can expect Erat to keep playing until a deal is found.

– McPhee suggested there is interest in Erat, and that his no-movement clause won’t be an issue.

The Caps acquired Erat at last year’s trade deadline in exchange for Filip Forsberg, the club’s first-round pick (11th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Washington also received forward Michael Latta in the deal.

Erat, projected to be a top-six forward with the Caps, has been a huge disappointment, scoring just once in 32 games while barely playing over 13 minutes a night. He was displeased with his role in the team’s offense and cryptically alluded to wanting out of Washington just one week into the regular season.

  1. btlpper68 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    No regrets my ass

  2. withseidelinn - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    This guy is just asking to be mocked. “No regrets”. Erat put up a total of 9 points with the Capitals, and now he’ll be contributing to another team. Forsberg is 19 and has scored 6 points in his NHL career, which is literally just getting started this season. There is no way McPhee can come up with a reasonable argument that he has zero regret about this trade. Complete waste of a high pick.

  3. stepanup - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It has to be Dallas. It just makes too much sense.

    1) Cap Room
    2) Prospect Depth
    3) Freaking Erik Cole is on their 2nd line
    4) Jim Nill has been aggressive since arriving in Dallas and wants to make the playoffs
    5) ERIK COLE IS ON A SCORING LINE

    • withseidelinn - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      I agree with all your points and think Dallas will be aggressive when it comes to any relevant player being available, but is Erat really the type of guy he wants? Nill seems like a pretty competent GM and I think he could land someone better. Just my opinion.

      • stepanup - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        There are better players out there, sure, but I’m sure Erat will cost very little beyond the salary cap hit.

    • stepanup - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Forgot about Ray Whitney. Maybe not the fit after all. Especially if Nichushkin stays up on the top line.

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Another fit for Dallas – like Shawn Horcoff, Erat is paid less than his cap hit over the remaining term on his contract.

  4. fivetozeroingame7 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    What a pathetic organization

    • ithacamike - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      onecupin73years

      • stepanup - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        How about we just do hockey today? Trolls back under your respective bridges.

  5. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    *2012 11th pick. This was such a bad trade to begin with. He not only got a bad return the first time but now this trades only gotta look worse when he gets a horrible return this year for him. He’s gonna get a 3rd or fourth round pick or an ok 3rd or fourth liner or a nobody prospect. I’d love to know what went through his head trading Forsberg.

  6. jpelle82 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    we all pretty much said this was a bad trade when it went down, s*** happens though. they might have a decent guy in latta – he’s 1 g 2 a in 14 games w/ 8 mins a game in ice time….not too shabby considering erat is 6 A in 23 games and 13 mins of ice time.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Latta is a fourth liner and on a good day possibly a 3rd liner but most likely a fourth. Nothing will ease the pain of this trade. They gave up something real good with Forsberg. Erat will never bring anything worth while. GM needs to cut his loses and think twice before he moves a top prospect away for a 32 year old. It’s not like they were contenders and erat was the missing piece. It got them no where and was such an unnecessary trade at the time and will haunt him for years.

  7. rushledger - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    It’s time to make a gm change, caps aren’t anything special even with ovechkin playing well again.

  8. murtdurt - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    If I’m Mcphee I’m getting in touch with my realtor. Then again Leonis hasn’t really proved he knows what he’s doing at the top anyways. Pretty dysfunctional organization top to bottom.

  9. stcrowe - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    No regrets? As the old saying goes, it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and confirm it. Filip Forsberg will have to be a complete flop for this not to go down as one of McPhee’s worst moves, and I don’t see FF being a flop.

  10. captnstabn - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    How does this McPhee still have a job? What will it take for Leonsis to get rid of this dude…

  11. joey4id - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Will the Caps’ players in the dressing room every find some synergy? It seems like they are continuously surrounded by some sort of controversies. There were some comments made last year during the lockout; Ovi and Hamerlik. Couple of times this year the players and Oates went public with comments which contradicted each others comments. At least the crazy 8 scoring machine is firing on all cylinders. C’mon! Boys! Keep it together.

  12. cspsrbums - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I would trade Brouwer or Laich they are the 2 problem with the 2nd line not Erat. As a Cap fan GMGM needs to go like a few years ago maybe.This organization is becoming a joke.

  13. cobra617 - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    It’s all cool. We can have Forsberg back. McPhee had his fingers crossed and Nashville forgot to yell out, “BlackJack no trade back”

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