According to Sportsnet analyst Brian Lawton, the Washington Capitals and the Phoenix Coyotes are discussing a potential trade that would include disgruntled Capitals winger Martin Erat. The Coyotes are reportedly looking to include defenseman Rostislav Klesla in the deal, but Lawton isn't sure that will be enough to pry Erat out of Washington.
Klesla - a steady stay-at-home defenseman - has often found himself the odd man out in Glendale this season. But the Czech veteran remains an effective player and would seem to be an excellent fit for a Capitals club that is short-handed on the back-end.
Klesla would also provide the Capitals with some cap relief next season, as the veteran defender has only one-year and $2.975 million left on his current deal (in contrast: Erat has two years and $6 million remaining on his contract).
Erat's Washington tenure has been an unmitigated disaster for the Capitals. The Czech winger cost a fortune to acquire, and has been unhappy, unproductive, and a regular healthy-scratch as a Capitals forward. Might this unhappy union come to a formal dissolution shortly?