Martin Erat requests trade from Caps

Updated: November 25, 2013

Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat has requested a trade from the Caps.  This is the second trade that Erat has requested in half a year.  Last year, Erat requested a trade from Nashville.  Subsequently, at the trade deadline, Washington sent prospect Filip Forsberg to Nashville in exchange for Erat and Michael Latta.

Erat confirmed that he wanted a trade from Washington, from Adam Vingan’s twitter feed.

Martin Erat: “Since day one, I didn’t get the chance here. … It’s time for me to move on.” #Caps

Given the second request within less than a year, the Caps may very well have a tough time moving Erat for anything substantial.   Caps GM George McPhee comfirmed they would try and move Erat.

“Marty doesn’t feel like he fits in here,” McPhee said Monday. “If you don’t feel like you fit in, we’ll try to accommodate you.”

This story comes with very little surprise.  Rumors have swirled about Erat’s unhappiness with his ice time in DC.  Perhaps the more important aspect of the story is the fact that McPhee gave up a huge prospect in Forsberg to acquire Erat, yet, Erat had very little use here in DC.  Latta has been a positive development within the trade, and the Caps hope he will continue to develop while up at the NHL, but fact is, Erat was the center piece of the trade.  McPhee can’t escape that.