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Why all the negativity surrounding the Capitals lately? What's going on with Erat, Holtby, Oleksy and Wilson? We answer your questions.
Eight months later, McPhee stands by his trade of Flip Forsberg for Marty Erat and Michael Latta.
GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates said they were not upset with Erat's demand to be traded. Both praised his handling of the situation and McPhee said he is working on taking care of it. Erat sat out Saturday's game in Toronto as a healthy scratch, a move Oates said was related to the request.
Martin Erat won't be in the Washington Capitals' lineup for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Friday night against the New York Rangers after suffering an apparent left wrist or forearm injury in Game 4.
Even though injury has limited Erat to seven games in a Caps uniform, his arrival meant everything within a locker room of an Eastern Conference contender.
Erat is settling in now, playing on the power play, penalty kill and scoring his first goal since the trade Tuesday in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
George McPhee is either a genius who has been able to oversell or a schlub who got taken in a moment of delusion and mad desire to finally see his team make a real, live run at the Stanley Cup. We may know the answer in a couple of weeks. We may not know for a few years.
Erat has two years left with an annual cap hit of $4.5 million. He has four goals and 17 assists in 36 games this season for the Predators.
That's why they didn't trade impending free agent center Mike Ribeiro or gritty forward Matt Hendricks. And that's why the Caps traded highly touted prospect Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for top-line winger Martin Erat just before Wednesday's trade deadline.