For the second time in as many seasons, Martin Erat has demanded to be traded away from his current team. After forcing his way out of the Nashville Predators organization last year, he’s reportedly trying to do the same thing again after playing in only 32 contests as a member of the Washington Capitals.
#CapitalsTalk Marty Erat just confirmed he has asked to be traded.
— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) November 25, 2013
This confirmation comes shortly after the news broke on a Czech news site. RussianMachineNeverBreaks.com had the initial report translated by Lindsey Novak, and Erat had the following to say to the Czech paper about his dissatisfaction in Washington:
I want to get out of here as soon as possible… I don’t think I’ll stay here very long and hopefully I will get an opportunity with another team. I get no time on the ice, it’s hard to prove my ability with only ten to twelve minutes of ice time. At the beginning of the season it was only about seven minutes, and then it went up, so [Oates] let me play more defense than offense.
Unless the Capitals are able to milk some value out of the 32-year-old forward, it’s beginning to look like they came out on the losing end of the Erat-Filip Forsberg trade. While Forsberg has struggled and there are still lingering questions about his foot speed, Erat has been totally ineffective in Washington and he might be tough to move considering his $4.5 million cap hit.
With so many teams up against the ceiling, it seems possible that the Capitals would have to eat some of Erat’s salary to move him. Meanwhile, there’s sure to be some tension between Erat and head coach Adam Oates after the forward was so openly critical about the bench boss.