Martin Erat has been looking to get out of the Washington Capitals organization for a long time and Don Maloney has given him the chance. The Phoenix Coyotes received the forward alongside Capitals prospect John Mitchell in exchange for Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft.
Erat will be slightly less than $70,000 salary cap hit for the Coyotes, meaning that more trades could be in the works.
He has only scored once this season for the Capitals but he has 23 assists in 53 games. As an added bonus he is Czech so we might just see a rival of a Czech line.
This was Phoenix's second move of the day after trading David Rundblad to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round pick.
The Coyotes remain just outside of the playoff picture and are looking to move into the top eight in the West with Erat and possible future additions.