Report: Coyotes, Capitals discussing potential Martin Erat trade

by Jan 11, 11:14 AM

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?

Mar 4, 8:05 PM

Capitals trade F Martin Erat to Coyotes for D Rostislav Klesla in four-player deal

by Mar 4, 8:05 PM

It appears as though the Washington Capitals have finally found a new home for forward Martin Erat.

Erat, along with prospect Michael Latta, was acquired by the Capitals prior to the 2013 trade deadline in exchange for Filip Forsberg. Erat became unhappy with his usage under head coach Adam Oates early on this season, and requested a trade back in November. 

In 52 games this season, Erat, 32, has scored one lone goal, while adding 23 assists and 46 shots with an average ice time of 14:44. 

Forward John Mitchell, 27, has most recently been playing in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, scoring three goals and three assists in 20 games.

The Coyotes also receive a fourth-round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Capitals.

Klesla, 31, has recorded one goal and three assists while averaging 15:31 of ice time in 25 games for the Coyotes this season. He had been placed on waivers by the team back in November. Chris Brown was drafted in the second-round of the 2009 NHL Draft, and has yet to record point in six career games in Phoenix.

The trade has been confirmed by the Coyotes' official Twitter account.

Feb 25, 9:57 AM

Capitals GM looking to honor Martin Erat's trade request

by Feb 25, 9:57 AM

Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat went public with a trade request back in November, and general manager George McPhee will now attempt to accommodate the veteran prior to the March 5 trade deadline. 

McPhee, who cited "a difficult year with transactions" as the reason why Erat remains with the Capitals, told CSN Washington that he planned to speak to the 32-year old upon his return from Sochi (where he scored one goal in five games for the Czech Republic), and "if he still wants to be traded, we’ll try to accommodate him."

In 51 games for the Capitals this season, Erat has registered one goal, 21 assists and 44 shots on goal while averaging 14:39 of ice time.

Jan 9, 1:34 PM

Report: Capitals' Erat will be healthy scratch vs. Lightning

by Jan 9, 1:34 PM

The ongoing saga involving Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat has taken another turn.

Erat has twice requested to be traded by the Capitals this season, and has already indicated he plans to waive his no-trade clause. The second trade request came in November after he was made a healthy scratch for the first time in his career.

It now appears he will be a healthy scratch yet again, this time for Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Erat has no goals and 15 assists in 39 games for the Capitals this season.

The 32-year-old is earning $3.75 million in 2013-14. He has one year remaining on his contract and is scheduled to earn $2.25 million in 2014-15.

Nov 30, 11:52 AM

Martin Erat draws back into Capitals' lineup after requesting a trade

by Nov 30, 11:52 AM

With an injury to Brooks Laich and after the demotion of Michal Latta, Martin Erat will fins himself back in the Washington Capitals' lineup, as per Katie Carrera of The Washington Post.

This will mark Erat's first appearance in the lineup since requesting a trade on Nov. 25.

In 23 games this season, Erat has registered six assists and 17 shots on goal.

Nov 27, 7:00 PM

Capitals F Martin Erat a healthy scratch for second straight game

by Nov 27, 7:00 PM

Disgruntled Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat, who has requested a trade twice this season, took warms up before Washington's game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Despite Erat's presence on the ice before puck drop, however, he'll be a healthy scratch again on Wednesday.

Wednesday will mark the second straight game that the expensive, under-achieving Czech forward has spent in the press box.

Nov 26, 1:29 PM

Capitals players respect Erat's right to demand a trade

by Nov 26, 1:29 PM

Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat was on the ice for practice on Tuesday, one day after demanding a trade due to limited ice time so far this season. While teammates knew he was unhappy, they all seem to respect his right to request an early exit from Washington in search of a better situation.

"That’s one person’s right as a hockey player. I think all of us in here respect it," goaltender Braden Holtby told the Washington Post

We know Marty’s a great player and he has been for a while, and we all think so. We all want to see him succeed and play based on the type of person he is. We’d love to have him here, obviously everyone loves him in the dressing room, but in the end it’s his life, he wants to perform, he wants to accomplish his goals and we respect that.

Forward Troy Brouwer added it's hard to blame a guy who just wants to play.

He wants to play and he wants to be an impact [player] on his team. Right now he’s not being used in that way, and so he wants to move on and he wants to play, he wants to play good minutes and be a guy that’s sought after to be a cornerstone of a team.

Captain Alex Ovechkin offered this somewhat unique take.

For us, we are players. Tomorrow maybe I’m going to be healthy scratch — you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe tomorrow I’m going to be traded. It’s a business. Capitals going to be forever, we’re going to be here until time’s going to be up.

For now, Erat remains on the roster, but appears destined to be a healthy scratch until the team can find him a new home or until he's called upon to fill a hole due to injury.

Nov 25, 8:02 PM

Report: Capitals F Erat requests trade

by Nov 25, 8:02 PM

After only 32 games as a Washington Capital, forward Martin Erat wants out. 

“I want to be traded. We’ll see how it goes,” Erat told Capitals Insider Katie Carrera following Monday’s practice in Arlington. “Since day one, I didn’t get the chance here. I got traded here to be a top-six player but never got the chance, never played more than 15 minutes in here, and it’s time for me to move on.”

Erat, who was acquired at least seasons trade deadline, has a full no-trade clause and reportedly asked to be traded earlier in October. 

The 32-year-old has yet to score a goal in 23 games this season, registering only six assists. He's averaging 13:08 minutes of ice time, good for tenth most on the team.  

Nov 1, 7:09 PM

Report: Capitals willing to trade Martin Erat for defensive help

by Nov 1, 7:09 PM

The Washington Capitals are believed to be in the market for a veteran defenseman, and appear willing to deal beleaguered forward Martin Erat in order to do so.

Erat was acquired by Washington from the Nashville Predators prior to last season's trade deadline (along with Michael Latta) in exchange for highly rated prospect Filip Forsberg. 

The 32-year old has disappointed in Washington, registering only three assists and six shots on goal in 12 games this season.