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Capitals Trade Martin Erat, John Mitchell To Coyotes

March 4, 2014

The Washington Capitals traded disgruntled forward Martin Erat to the Phoenix Coyotes March 4 in exchange for a prospect and a veteran defenseman.

Capitals 2013: Martin Erat
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The Caps got forward Chris Brown, 23; defenseman Rostislav Klesla, 31; and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

The NHL's trade deadline is 3 p.m. March 5.

As part of the trade, Washington also sent forward John Mitchell of the AHL Hershey Bears to Phoenix.

Phoenix selected Brown during the second round, 36th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft. 

Brown is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound center who scored 29 goals for the AHL Portland Pirates last season. He has 14 goals and 21 assists this season. He has played 11 NHL games.

Klesla gives the Caps defensive depth. This is his 13th NHL season. He spent nine-plus seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who selected him fourth overall during the 2000 NHL Draft.

Klesla, of the Czech Republic, is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. During 25 games with Phoenix this season, he has one goal and three assists.

Brown, a native of Texas, and Klesla were assigned to AHL Hershey.

Erat, 32, had requested a trade early during the season after he complained that he wasn't getting enough ice time. His salary of $3.75 million this season and $2.25 million next season, combined with low production (one goal, 23 assists) made Erat hard to move.

Mitchell, 27, tallied three goals and three assists during 20 games for Hershey this season.

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