Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat confirmed Monday he has asked for a trade. He initially expressed his wish to be traded in an interview with the iDNES Czech news organization before confirming his request to reporters in the United States.
Erat was acquired from the Nashville Predators at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for prospect Filip Forsberg. In 23 games this season, Erat has no goals and six assists. He has spent some time on the Capitals' fourth line and expressed frustration about his ice time.
"Since Day One, I didn't get the chance here," Erat said. "It's time for me to move on."