Czech-Ing In, Czech-Ing Out: Caps Trade Erat to CoyotesPosted on March 04, 2014 by Keith Leonard
Martin Erat's brief and tumultuous career in the nation's capitol has come to an end. The Capitals have traded Erat and minor-league forward John Mitchell to the Phoenix Coyotes. The 32-year-old Erat, acquired at last season's trade deadline from Nashville, has one goal and 23 assists in 53 games for the Capitals this season. Mitchell, acquired earlier this season from the Anaheim in the deal that sent Mathieu Perreault to the Ducks, has three goals and six points with the AHL's Hershey Bears this season.
The Capitals will receive defenseman Rostislav Klesla, forward Chris Brown, and a 4th-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for Erat. Klesla, selected fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2000 NHL Draft, has played in 659 NHL games in his career, notching 48 goals and 159 points over 13 seasons in the NHL ranks. Brown, the 36th overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, has 14 goals and 35 points in 51 games with the AHL's Portland Pirates, to go along with six games with the Coyotes this season.
Stay tuned to Talk The Red for a complete breakdown of all the Caps moves following the conclusion of the NHL's Trade Deadline at 3PM on Wednesday.