No trade request from Erat … other Caps notes
It has not been a well held secret that Martin Erat isn’t happy with his ice time through the first three games. He isn’t happy with a fourth line assignment either. However, unlike last season when he requested a trade form Nashville, Erat has not made that request to the Capitals . . . yet.
Erat said he has spoken with Capitals coach Adam Oates but is not sure what the future holds for him.
“I know what I can do,” Erat said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Asked if he’s considered requesting a trade, Erat replied, “No, not yet.”
Erat slid to the fourth line as Brooks Laich got healthy. Now the Caps are in a bind. The paid dearly for Erat, giving up a first round draft pick, Filip Forsberg, but have little other options to increase Erat’s ice time. Erat’s ice time decreased even more to just 6:34 against Calgary. So far, for the Caps, the trade at the deadline looks pretty damn brutal.
* Caps will welcome two to the ice tonight. Michael Latta, acquired at the trade deadline last season with Martin Erat, will make his home ice debut tonight. Latta, who started the season off on the Caps roster, was sent down to Hershey after the season opener, then recalled a few days ago. Latta replaces Jay Beagle in the lineup tonight and will center the fourth line.
* In addition, newly sign defenseman Alex Urbom will make his Capitals debut tonight, replacing rookie Connor Carrick. Urbom is only 22 years old and was acquired off waivers from New Jersey.
* Capitals take their NHL leading power play into the Verizon Center tonight at a 50% conversion rate, having scored on 6 of 12 power play opportunities. Washington is 14th in the NHL with the penalty kill, sitting at 81.8%.