Ah, yes. The trade that will haunt Washington Capitals fans for all eternity, and will give us Predators fans a quick grin. Those Caps fans will be just fine as they have Alexander Ovechkin, so I don’t feel bad for them at all.
This wasn’t a blockbuster trade by any means when it happened. If anything, it was kind of hard to see Martin Erat leave. One of those aging veterans that was such a huge piece of the early years of the Predators when the franchise was trying to climb its way up the NHL ladder.
What’s crazy about this trade isn’t only what Forsberg ended up becoming, but also that Erat only produced two goals for the Capitals. Just the season before that Erat put up 19 goals and 58 points.
It’s worth noting that Erat did post 23 assists in his lone full season with Washington, but still. What a steal for the Predators, and what a huge miss for the Capitals. Things that cause nightmares for general managers everywhere.
To add insult to injury, Michael Latta was a prospect that ended up playing in 96 games for Washington, but only posted 13 points and hasn’t made it back to the NHL level since then.