CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2013-14 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Marty Erat
Position: Left wing
Age: 32 [turns 23 Aug. 29]
Ht/Wt: 6-0, 196
Penalty minutes: 22
Average Ice Time: 14:44
Contract Status: Member of Phoenix Coyotes [one year, $2.25 million remaining]
Storyline: It was a long and uncomfortable season for Erat, who decided back in training camp he wasn’t going to get the ice time he desired and requested a trade, both privately and publicly. Ironically, Erat finished tied with Eric Fehr for ninth among Caps forwards in average ice time. He was traded to the Coyotes on March 4 along with minor leaguer John Mitchell for forward Chris Brown, a 2015 fourth-round pick and Rostislav Klesla.
Memorable Moment: On Feb. 9, in his 51st game of the season and the Caps’ final game before the Olympic break, Erat finally scored a goal, shooting the puck into an empty net in a 2-0 win over the Devils. Caps captain Alex Ovechkin was so excited for Erat he fetched the puck and saved it for the 32-year-old winger. Erat scored for Phoenix in his third game after being traded – this time with a goalie between the pipes – and netted his third goal of the season on April 8 to finish with three goals and 26 assists and a plus-5 rating in 70 games.
[RELATED: Who will be the Caps next GM?]
Quotable: “I want to be traded. We’ll see how it goes. 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.”