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Capitals trade Martin Erat to Phoenix, site of his next trade demand

Greg Wyshynski
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Dec 15, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Martin Erat (10) and Philadelphia Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell (19) chase the puck in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 5-4 in a shootout. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Martin Erat has as many trade demands in the last calendar year as he has goals for the Washington Capitals (two), which isn’t exactly what you’d call a “selling point” at the deadline. But the Capitals finally found a taker for the winger, and an appropriate one considering he’s spent the last season in Adam Oates’ doghouse.

The Phoenix Coyotes traded defenseman Rostislav Klesla, forward Chris Brown and a fourth-round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft for Erat and forward John Mitchell.

From the Coyotes:

“We've been looking at Martin for a long, long time,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. “He was really a terrific player in Nashville for a long time. (Then) he went to Washington, obviously it didn’t work for him there… We're excited to have him."

“We like Martin,” Maloney said. “We like what he can add ... we think Martin will excel at the way we play… He was an Olympian. He has a great pedigree. We think his (goal-scoring) can come back.”

It had better. One of the reasons Erat seemed untradeable was that he has another season at $4.5 million against the cap on his contract. The hope is that he finds his comfort zone playing with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata, his fellow Czechs.

But who knows … maybe Erat makes it a trade demand hat trick some day.

As for the Capitals, who acquired Dustin Penner earlier in the day, they get Rostislav Klesla in the last year of his deal and on a yo-yo from the AHL to the NHL this season.

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