Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat wants to be traded

His time as a member of the Washington Capitals has been short and uneventful. Today, the story broke that Caps forward Martin Erat has asked to be traded. His agent confirms:

Martin Erat was acquired from the Nashville Predators at the 2013 trade deadline along with centre Michael Latta in exchange for 2012 first round pick Filip Forsberg. It is thought the young gun given up by the Caps has the potential to become a star in the NHL, thus putting pressure on Erat to perform for his new club. He has not wowed anyone since joining the Capitals. However, Erat claims his lack of production is the result of unfair treatment since joining the organization:

Erat is frustrated with his lack of playing time which climaxed Saturday night in Toronto when the Czech native was named a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career. This from Katie Carrera’s article in the Washington Post:

“I want to be traded. We’ll see how it goes. 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.”

Quote courtesy of the Washington Post. Read full article here.

The Caps are in a terrible predicament in light of the trade request from Erat. In order to accommodate the player and put an end to this distraction, they may be forced to trade him. However, dealing a player who demands a trade despite having never scored more than 23 goals or 58 points in a season isn’t necessarily going to be easy.

And the pressure to receive great payment for Erat exists because he was acquired for a bluechip prospect in Filip Forsberg.

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Erat has requested a trade before: