There are interested parties and part of that is because his contract goes down to $2.25 million next year, so it is a cap-friendly contract in terms of salary. The Vancouver Canucks are among the teams that have some level of interest in Erat. He’s an easier player to trade than say Sharks forward Martin Havlat will be in San Jose.
The Capitals acquired Erat from the Nashville Predators at last year’s trade deadline for top prospect Filip Forsberg, the 11th overall pick in 2012. However, he hasn’t met expectations producing nine points in 32 games.
“I want to be traded. We’ll see how it goes,” Erat told the Washington Post. “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.”
It sounds like Capitals general manager George McPhee will accommodate.
“We’ve always told our players, and our policy for 15 years or so, if you don’t feel like you fit in, if you feel like it’d be better for your career to be someplace else, let us know and we’ll try to accommodate you,” McPhee said.
Erat is a former 20-goal and has consistently been scoring at least 49 points since 2003-04 season.
However, with a $4.5 million cap hit this year and next, don’t expect the Canucks to make a play with their limited cap space.
The Capitals won’t receive the same value as what they gave up to get Erat, but that doesn’t mean they’ll take David Booth.