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Caps send Erat to Phoenix for Klesla, Brown

Mar 4, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

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Martin Erat asked, and he received.

The Capitals forward, who demanded a trade out of Washington in November, has been traded to Phoenix in exchange for Rostislav Klesla and forward Chris Brown.

Washington will also get a fourth-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, while the ‘Yotes will obtain the services of AHL forward John Mitchell.

The move marks the end of Erat’s disastrous stint in D.C. Acquired from Nashville at last year’s deadline in exchange for prospect Filip Forsberg, Erat failed to find his niche in Washington and struggled under head coach Adam Oates, eventually serving as a healthy scratch this season.

Erat has one goal and 23 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 has the fourth-most assist on the Caps, and eight points in his last nine games.

“We think Martin will excel at the way we play,” Phoenix GM Don Maloney explained. “I think he needs a breath of fresh air.”

As for what’s going to Washington…

Like Erat, Klesla fell out of favor in Phoenix this year and was placed on waivers, eventually spending some time with AHL Portland. The 31-year-old has just four points this season but is an experienced veteran presence, having played in over 650 NHL contests during his 14-year career. Brown has only played in six games this year and 11 during his NHL career.

Klesla and Brown will both report to AHL Hersey, the Caps have announced.

  1. einjzmolf - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    ‘you want a trade? here, go to the freaking coyotes!’

    • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM


      and by the way, just what the hell is an ‘Erat’ ?



      How about lead your team on the most ‘dominant’ SC march seen since the 80’s Oilers ! :)

    • thailer35 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Except he had to waive his no movement clause, so he wanted to go to Phoenix, and we’re happy to have him too.

  2. lowenni - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Yes! As a Caps fan I love this trade! I would’ve traded Erat for a bag of pucks, but I’ll gladly take a quality stay-at-home defender (something the Caps badly needed), a forward with decent potential, AND a fourth round pick instead. Finally GMGM does something right. I’m a bit concerned about our forward depth with the loss of his playmaking skills (too many grinders on the team), but I’m a lot more confident about our D now. Hopefully this means Erskine is OUT. Hope Phoenix enjoys dealing with another Erat trade request by the summer, the guy thinks he’s Gretzky.

  3. capspats - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Good. Glad we got rid of this guy that demanded trades with TWO DIFFERENT TEAMS in less than a year.

  4. ovechcant - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Now what. How will you make this team better McPhee? You just showed your boss and the fans that you traded an 11th overall prospect for 1 goal. Used a huge amount of cap space for a bowl of dick.

    • pr0jecktpat - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      GMGM is gone this season unless the Caps make it deep in the playoffs, and even then he might still be gone.

      • selldannysell - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        From your mouth to God’s ears!

  5. Martin Ericsson - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I love the fact that Erat have played 53 games this season and scored one goal, while Coyotes’ goalie Mike Smith have scored just as many goals in 51 games.

    • kantnockdahustle89 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      He actually scored one on his own net so its a wash. I will say the guy wasnt known for scoring goals but one goal is disgusting. Not sure how you play hockey and never want to shoot the puck. Such a weird thing to NOT do since its the point of the game.

  6. bwayblueshirt - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Wow. I wouldn’t have taken Erat if he came with 2 Thai hookers and a pound of blow. I can’t believe they got Klesla for him.

    • gbrim - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Klesla hasn’t looked right since an early season concussion. He is playing in the AHL for a reason, and will report there for the Caps if the reports are correct. This is a trade of two modest-salaried veterans that both might benefit from a change of scenery. Nothing more than that.

  7. govtminion - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Breaking: Erat already wants a trade from Phoenix, because why stop making demands now?

  8. ovechcant - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Is like to see the caps get something for mike green. He carries way to big a contract for a fourth defenseman. You could get a whole blue line pairing for his contract

  9. lonespeed - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Maybe John Mitchell should be the headliner and not Erat? I know guys who live in there parents basement who score more than that dude.

  10. vbcaps - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Deuces !

  11. thailer35 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Actually pretty excited to see what the All-Czech line of Hanzal, Erat, and Vrbata can do.

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