The Washington Capitals waited almost two hours after the deadline to announce the acquisition of forward Martin Erat from the Nashville Predators in exchange for prospect Filip Forsberg. In the deal, Washington will also receive former third round pick in 2009, Michael Latta.
As per @real_espnlebrun, NSH trades Michael Latta and Martin Erat to WSH for Filip Forsberg.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 3, 2013
Erat, who has spent his entire career with the Preds, is due to make $4.5 million over the next two seasons. This season, he has 21 points after posting a career high in points last season with 58.
Forsberg, only 18 years-old, is considered a top prospect for the Caps. He was drafted in the first round of the 2012 entry draft and currently plays in the Swedish league. Many consider Forsberg to be a future star in the league down the road.
Washington sits 10th in the Eastern Conference with 36 points, 3 points back of the Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot.