The Nashville Predators have traded Martin Erat and Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals for Filip Forsberg. Erat has played in 36 games this season in which he has accumulated 4 goals and 17 assists. He has 2 seasons remaining on his contract with and annual cap hit of 4.5 million dollars. Latta has played 67 games with the Milwaukee Admirals this season. He has 8 goals and 26 assists. Forsberg is the Capitals 1st round 2012 draft pick. He was selected 11th overall.
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile had this to say about the trade:
“We have used draft picks in recent years to add players at the trade deadline. Over the last several years, we traded away four first round picks. It was imperative that we add a potentially dynamic offensive forward such as Forsberg. Our goal remains the same—to win the Stanley Cup. We believe our current team is a playoff caliber team. At the same time, we have to be mindful of the long-term and this deal allows us to acquire a top-end young offensive forward that will help us.”
This trade was the last trade to be announced at 5, 2 hours after the deadline. The plan is for Erat to arrive in Washington tomorrow morning and he may or may not be on the ice for morning skate.