Martin Erat’s days with the Washington Capitals appear to be numbered. He publicly demanded to be traded earlier this week, and has subsequently been scratched for three consecutive games. With Brooks Laich unable to play for the second straight game and Michael Latta already on his way back to the NHL, the Caps don’t have much of a choice but to ice the unhappy Erat.
Martin Erat: Line Change: Erat will be in the Capitals lineup tonight. | This will be the first time that Era… http://t.co/igAQwqXLls
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Considering that the forward’s issue in the first place was ice time, he’s unlikely to be much happier following tonight’s game. He’s slated to skate on the fourth line with Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson according to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post.
It’s believed that the Caps are currently trying to iron out a deal to move Erat out of town. TheFourthPeriod.com is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks have expressed an interest in the disgruntled winger. The Canucks could probably make WWE pay-per-view money by airing the conversations between bench boss John Tortorella and Erat following the forward’s notorious one-way game.
That’s neither here nor there though. For the moment, Erat is still a Capital and for all we know he’ll go out and score four goals tonight and change his mind about wanting a trade after receiving a promotion to the top line.