Martin Erat's days with the Washington Capitals appear to be numbered, as TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports that the veteran winger has asked the team for a trade.
The Capitals acquired Erat and centre Michael Latta from the Nashville Predators at last season's trade deadline in exchange for forward Filip Forsberg.
According to LeBrun, this is actually the second time this season that Erat has spoken to management about being dealt. Erat originally asked for a trade about a week into the season, but the matter soon faded away until he went into GM George McPhee's office again this past weekend.
LeBrun reports that the Capitals are working the phones to try to accommodate him and there is some level of interest.
The 31-year-old has just six assists in 23 games this season.
After this season, Erat has one year remaining on a seven-year, $31.5 million contract he signed prior to the 2008-09 campaign. That deal carries an average annual value of $4.5 million.
Originally drafted in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Erat has scored 164 goals and 326 assists in 755 career games.