The NHL has a yearly roster freeze around Christmas time to prevent trades from occurring around the holidays. That window kicks in on December 19 this season and teams will be unable to swap players until December 26. The Fourth Period is reporting that Martin Erat is hoping to be traded away from the Washington Capitals before that freeze begins.
According to the site, a few teams around the league have kicked tires on Erat, but it is believed that Washington’s asking price is high. The Capitals are apparently looking to reacquire a solid prospect for the aging winger since that is what they gave up in Filip Forsberg, but so far there have been no takers.
That’s not that surprising given Erat’s recent trade request history, his lack of production in Washington and his $4.5 million cap hit. Tack on the forward’s ability to decline any trade that Washington makes due to a no-movement clause on his deal, and the Capitals may have their hands tied when it comes to receiving a good, young player.
TFP also reported that Erat has already submitted a list of teams that he would accept a trade to, but it’s unknown how many squads made the cut and who is on the list at this time.