Last night's loss to the Islanders was a bit of a reality check for the Rangers and their fans. Despite the Blueshirts recent success, they still have plenty of holes, one of which is consistent scoring throughout the lineup.
Since we all know Glen Sather won't sit on his hands at the trade deadline you have to assume he's scouring the league for offensive upgrades.
According to Luke Fox at Sportsnet.ca, one of those players could be the Capitals' Martin Erat. The 32-year old forward has been beyond underwhelming since being traded to Washington from Nashville at the trade deadline last year for a pretty expensive package. In fact, Erat, who has asked for a trade earlier this season, has been so bad he has exactly ZERO goals this season and was a healthy scratch for five straight games earlier this month.
Rangers fans got a first hand look at what a liability he can be on the ice this past Sunday when he took three penalties including this spear to Brian Boyle's family jewels…
Erat's $4.5 million per year cap hit runs through the end of next season.
Fox adds that because the Rangers are "forward hungry" they may be willing to take a chance on Erat. However, he feels a bad contract would have to go back to Washington.
Between 2003 and 2012, Erat consistently produced 50-60 point seasons in Nashville.
…this is what they call in the sports world as a high risk, high reward move. Erat sounds like an absolutely disaster on and off the ice. The last thing the Rangers need is an enigmatic forward giving half ass efforts on a nightly basis. That's not only detrimental to the team's overall on ice performance but the harmony in the locker room.
…having said that, the guy has a ton of skill and could potentially explode in AV's up-tempo offense. Also, the thing about aloof European players, when they're in a happy place and producing they're rarely a problem. Plus the Rangers would be able to get him dirt cheap as the Capitals would likely trade him for a bag of pucks at this point.
…if the Rangers do trade for Erat it will mark the second year in a row the Rangers will have traded for a player with zero goals on the season to improve their offense. That would have to be some kind of record.