Martin Erat has asked the Washington Capitals for a trade, reports The Fourth Period.
Erat vented his disappointment with the team to a Czech Republic newspaper.
“I want (out) as quickly as possible,” Erat told Czech paper iDNES.cz.
Erat voiced his frustration over his limited playing time. The native of Trebic, Czech Republic, has averaged 13 minutes and seven seconds of ice time per game, the lowest among the team’s veteran players.
“I hope it gets resolved,” Erat said. “I believe I will not stay here too long and will get an opportunity on another team.”
Erat hinted that he has spoken with Capitals GM George McPhee about his situation and that the team is looking to facilitate a trade.
“Yes, we talked about how to resolve this,” Erat said. “Hopefully something will happen and I’ll be out of here as quickly as possible.”
Erat, 32, has no goals and six assists in 23 games this season. He has one-year remaining on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million.