Less than nine months after he was acquired by Washington, Martin Erat has asked the Capitals to trade him.
“I want to be traded. We’ll see how it goes,” Erat said following Monday’s practice in Arlington.”Since day one, I didn’t get the chance here. I got traded here to be a top six player but never got the chance, never played more than 15 minutes in here and it’s time for me to move on.”
Erat, 32, was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career Saturday night when the Capitals visited the Toronto Maple Leafs but the veteran winger’s frustration with the way the team utilized him has been building. Erat, who has a no-movement clause in his contract, says he gave the Capitals a list of teams he would accept a trade to.
Washington acquired Erat from the Nashville Predators at the trade deadline last season in exchange for forward Filip Forsberg, a 2012 first-round draft pick who at the time was the second best prospect in the Capitals system. At the time of the trade, General Manager George McPhee was looking to add top-six forward depth with Brooks Laich out of the lineup but Erat’s time in that role has been inconsistent at best.
In 13 games with the Capitals last year, regular season and playoffs, Erat skated over 18 minutes only twice and recorded only one goal and two assists. When this season began, Erat played on the fourth line for the first seven games, saw the lowest ice time in his 11-year career and voiced his frustration with the role Coach Adam Oates placed him in.
“It was long coming, starting from the training camp. I never get any chance, any look,” Erat said. “It’s time for me to go.”