Martin Erat requested to be traded away from the Washington Capitals several months ago. After being moved over to the left wing under head coach Adam Oates and going from second-line scoring option to the fourth line and then to the press box this season, the jilted forward still hasn’t rescinded his demand.
Capitals general manager George McPhee has been open about the process, and spoke to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post about attempting to trade Erat:
If he still wants to be traded, we’ll try to accommodate it… It’s been a difficult year with transactions. [H]ad this been a typical year, we might have been able to move him within weeks of his request but that wasn’t the case this year.
Washington hasn’t been able to move the winger for a handful of reasons. As McPhee mentioned to the Post, the lowered salary cap has effected many teams and their ability to make moves. Erat carries a $4.5 million cap hit according to CapGeek.com, and also has a no-movement clause.
Further complicating things is what McPhee initially gave up for Erat—highly touted first-round pick Filip Forsberg. He’s likely trying to recoup part of that via trade, and to this point hasn’t had much luck. Probably because Erat has scored all of two goals since joining Washington last year.