“It’s time for me to move on.” Martin Erat
Saying “I want be traded,” Martin Erat announced today following Washington Capitals practice that he has asked the organization for a trade. A report surfaced in a Czech source about his demands before practice. After he left the ice after the Caps skating-filled practice, Erat confirmed everything in that report — and then some.
“Since day one, I didn’t get the chance here,” Erat said “I got traded here to be top-six player, but never got the chance, never played more than 15 minutes. It’s time for me to move on.”
Erat was acquired by the Caps, along with Michael Latta, at last season’s deadline for former first round pick Filip Forsberg.
Erat conformed that he did indeed meet with GM George McPhee earlier this season, but was given little indication of why he wasn’t garnering more than the 13:07 average of ice time that he’s been assigned thus far this season. The veteran player was clearly emotional speaking with the media this morning explaining his situation. Asked his opinion of why he didn’t fit in with the Caps, Erat replied, “No idea.”
In 23 games this season, Erat has not scored a goal and has six assists, playing mostly on the bottom lines. Recently, he’s been moved around in an attempt to shake up the lines, but that has brought no better results. He was a healthy scratch last week, and Erat confirmed after practice it was indeed the first time in his NHL career he has been a healthy scratch.