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Just in case everybody forgot, Martin Erat still wants to be traded

Feb 27, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

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With reports swirling about Ryan Kesler and Martin St. Louis demanding to be moved out of Vancouver and Tampa Bay, Caps forward Martin Erat is reminding people of his long-standing desire to be dealt.

From the Washington Post:

Erat, 32, who just returned to Washington after representing the Czech Republic in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, said Wednesday he still wants the Capitals to trade him but declined to elaborate further.

The timing of this makes sense. Erat didn’t exactly have a boatload of suitors when he first made the demand back in November and probably has even fewer now, given trade front developments at the forward position (Kesler, St. Louis, Thomas Vanek rejecting the Islanders’ extension offer, the likelihood Mike Cammalleri goes to market, etc. etc.)

So, perhaps a gentle reminder will kickstart things a bit. Or maybe Erat was just responding to a reporter’s query. Whatever the case, it’s back out there!

As for what teams are potentially acquiring: Erat has one goal and 21 assists in 51 games this year, with two years left on his deal at $4.5 million per. His lack of production has been a running theme but is slightly overblown and exacerbated by the paltry goal total — he’s actually tied with Mikhail Grabovksi for the fourth-most assists on the team, and has six points in his last eight games.

Caps GM George McPhee said he’s willing to move Erat by the deadline.

“If he still wants to be traded, we’ll try to accommodate it,” McPhee said. “It’s been a difficult year with transactions. had this been a typical year, we might have been able to move him within weeks of his request but that wasn’t the case this year.”

  1. vbcaps - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    This guy….he has put the puck in the net twice this year…once into his own net and scored an empty net goal…

    So as a caps fan do we tell him to STFU or do we thank ol’ GMGM for making this worthless trade and having to read articles like this…

    • cdalton2690 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      He has been a complete disappointment. I thought he had some upside but I was wrong. Although I don’t put the entire blame on him. I don’t think he wanted to come to DC to begin with, hasn’t had a steady line since he got here. I put the full blame on GMGM. This deal never had a lot of potential. He is an aging forward who was never great at scoring goals, I am not sure exactly what GMGM thought he was going to get out of this deal. I don’t care what we get for him, I just want him out of DC and maybe we can work GMGM into the deal and get rid of both at the same time.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Is it bad, i say both. Bad trade once again by GMGM. For a crappy player, that doesn’t think he needs to prove anything, because of his time in the league. The only good thing to come out of this trade is Latta, which is in Hershey, so i don’t know how that helps. McPhee can spin it any way he wants, but he knows and we know it was the wrong move.

  2. stcrowe - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I still can’t believe someone traded Filip Forsberg for this loser.

  3. pfhockey - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Potentially could be a bigger joke than Gomez.

  4. barkar942 - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Hi Ho, Hi ho, to the KHL we go, tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet, Hi Ho, Hi ho!

  5. dcsportsfan85 - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    I’d have way more respect for GMGM is he’d admit that he made a bad trade. Erat was in serious decline in Nashville, but the bigger issue was that Adam Oates & GMGM weren’t on the same page at all. How can you trade a ‘blue chip’ prospect in Filip Forsberg for a guy that you’re not positive is a fit for your coach and his system.

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