The Martin Erat trade has been controversial from the moment the Washington Capitals announced they’d traded away Filip Forsberg for the Czech winger and Michael Latta. It can be argued that Latta’s contributions have been, in some ways, more valuable to the Caps than Erat’s.
Yesterday, I wrote about Erat’s place in the Capitals organization. Will he be cemented into Washington’s lineup as a top-six forward, as a fourth-liner, or not at all? I argued that Erat should be traded in return for a top-four defenseman, which the Caps sorely need on their roster–especially given that he requested the trade.
The quandary is further complicated by two factors: one, that this is his second trade request in eight months, and two, every GM in the league knows that the Caps are looking to get rid of him. The former makes Erat a less desirable trade candidate, but McPhee has stated that a few teams have interest in him. The interest is justifiable, as Erat is a good player–just not one that meshes well in the Capitals’ system.
On the other hand, the Caps probably can’t be too picky with this deal. Even if shopping Erat is easier than they’d intended, Washington still wants a good return (as they should.) But what will that return be? Have your say in the poll below.