Martin Erat and John Mitchell Traded to Coyotes for Rostislav Klelsa, Chris Brown and Fourth-Round Pick
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This was inevitable.
Capitals forward Martin Erat has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Rostislav Klelsa, Chris Brown and a fourth-round draft pick. Capitals prospect
Garrett John Mitchell was also included in the deal.
Acquired at the 2013 deadline along with Michael Latta in exchange for Caps prospect Filip Forsberg, Erat played 61 regular season games for the Capitals, recording 2 goals and 24 assists.
Erat’s 2013 season was limited by injury. As 2013-14 began, Erat had fallen out of favor with coach Adam Oates. Assigned to the fourth line for the first few weeks, Erat was not used as the top-six forward he was purported to be, and his stats suffered. He did not score until the final game before the Olympic break, an empty-netter.
After several games as a scratch, Erat requested a trade on November 25th. It took three months, but that trade has finally come through.