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A month later, Martin Erat still wants to be traded

Dec 21, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

Martin Erat #10 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on September 16, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(September 15, 2013 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat has played in nine straight games and is averaging a respectable 16:32 minutes per contest this month. That hasn’t changed things for him though.

He requested to be traded about a month ago and he still wants to be moved. However, the holiday roster freeze will keep him with the Capitals for a minimum of one more week.

“It’s only [seven] days. Right now I’m just focusing on the next few games. That’s all I can do,” Erat told the Washington Post. “I’m a professional. I have to play hockey and that’s the bottom line.”

Although Washington gave up a top prospect in Filip Forsberg to get Erat, moving him might be a challenge. The 32-year-old hasn’t been particularly productive in Washington and he comes with a $4.5 million annual cap hit through the 2014-15 campaign.

Capitals GM George McPhee previously stated that they would try to fulfill Erat’s request. Of course, the fact that he hasn’t been moved likely speaks to the level of interest there is out there for Erat.

  1. lowenni - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    What pisses me off most about this guy asking for a trade from DC is that he ruined all of his trade value. Even when he wasn’t producing this year, we still could’ve gotten something nice for him in return. But many sources are saying that because this is the second time he’s asked for a trade in a year, he diminished his value and most teams don’t want a player like that in their organization? He calls himself a professional and acts like he’s being disrespected here in Washington, but recently he’s been given a lot more ice time, powerplay time, and stints in the top 6 but STILL has not a single goal. Maybe he should accept he’s not in the prime of his career anymore and not on a weak Nashville team, and should accept a slightly smaller role on a team with a lot of offensive options. Maybe he should score just ONE goal. I think it’s classless of him to ask for a trade twice in a year, yet alone a career.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      I completely agree. Who wants an aging player, struggling to produce, who can’t seem to grasp that his struggles are his own fault? He seems to think Nashville and Washington are to blame for his lack of production. A change of scenery won’t cure all his ills, as we’ve already seen. GMGM should seriously regret giving up Forsberg for this clown (who’s only managed 20 goals three times in his career anyway).

    • lowenni - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Forgot to mention, I want him out of our organization as soon as possible even if we don’t get a full return for him. I don’t want a me-first guy like that alienating a young team that’s still learning how to come together. Shameful that a veteran guy like that put himself first and doesn’t even care about the team that gave up one of the best prospects in hockey because our GM believed in him.

  2. lowenni - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    What pisses me off most about this guy asking for a trade from DC is that he ruined all of his trade value. Even when he wasn’t producing this year, we still could’ve gotten something nice for him in return. But many sources are saying that because this is the second time he’s asked for a trade in a year, he diminished his value and most teams don’t want a player like that in their organization? He calls himself a professional and acts like he’s being disrespected here in Washington, but recently he’s been given a lot more ice time, powerplay time, and stints in the top 6 but STILL has not a single goal. Maybe he should accept he’s not in the prime of his career anymore and not on a weak Nashville team, and should accept a slightly smaller role on a team with a lot of offensive options. Maybe he should score just ONE goal. I think it’s classless of him to ask for a trade twice in a year, let alone a career.

  3. bandgblood - Dec 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    A month later, the team is still waiting for him to score a goal, or do something, anything, that might interest another team in trading for him. At this point, the Caps might get a couple of goalie sticks and a spare tire for the team bus in Hershey. That’s about it.

  4. vbcaps - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Agree with above. How about you professionally focus on putting up some points? you know what you get paid millions of dollars a year to do…

  5. uscthom78 - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    no one wants e rat on their team.

  6. taintedlombardis - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    You have to have some sort of value to be traded. Erat clearly doesn’t understand that.

  7. bruinpred - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    The “weak” Preds have 6 fewer points than the Caps without their goalie in a much tougher conference.

    • lowenni - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      I meant when it comes to offense. Nashville’s top offensive players don’t compare to Washington’s any way you put it, and while he might play top-line in Nashville, he’s not just going to dethrone Ovechkin or Backstrom or something and be our star offensive player. He was the one who listed Washington as a destination he wanted to go to when he asked for his trade from Nashville. I wasn’t trying to rag on Nashville, I respect them as a team.

  8. anthj99 - Dec 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    A month later no one wants this spoiled bum.

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