Martin Erat's agent confirms that they have requested a trade.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) November 25, 2013
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:
Martin Erat: "Since day one, I didn't get the chance here. … It's time for me to move on." #Caps
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) November 25, 2013
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.
Erat has five goals in the last 68 games and his cap hit is $4.5 mill. How do Caps sell that? His salary is 3.75 this season and 2.25 next.
— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) November 25, 2013
According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Erat has requested a trade before:
Martin Erat actually asked the Caps for a trade one week into the season and then once again last weekend. Caps will try to move him.
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 25, 2013