Washington Capitals Game Day Notes (12/27)

After a holiday layoff.  The Washington Capitals are back on ice tonight at the Verizon Center.  The Caps will host playoff nemesis New York Rangers.   The Caps enter the game with a two game losing streak, while the Rangers bring a two game winning streak to the District. Starting again . . . Phillip Grubauer will start in goal tonight for the Capitals.  It will be his sixth...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Latta vs. Rinaldo and Oleksy vs. Simmonds

Michael Latta: Height: 6’0″, Weight: 209 lbs, 2 career NHL regular season fights Zac Rinaldo: Height: 5’11″, Weight: 169 lbs., 24 career NHL regular season fights December 15th, 2013. Verizon Center. 6:21 into the second period. Score tied 1-1. This one is actually a little bit difficult to determine how exactly it happened. But, if […]
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Latta vs. Rinaldo and Oleksy vs. Simmonds

Michael Latta: Height: 6’0″, Weight: 209 lbs, 2 career NHL regular season fights Zac Rinaldo: Height: 5’11″, Weight: 169 lbs., 24 career NHL regular season fights December 15th, 2013. Verizon Center. 6:21 into the second period. Score tied 1-1. This one is actually a little bit difficult to determine how exactly it happened. But, if […]
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Patrick Wey to make NHL debut tonight with Caps

Rookie defenseman Patrick Wey will make his NHL debut tonight when the Nashville Predators visit the Capitals at Verizon Center [7 p.m. CSN]. Wey, 22, will be the third Capitals defenseman to make his NHL debut this season, joining Connor Carrick and Nate Schmidt. Michael Latta also made his NHL debut this season. Wey is expected to play alongside 22-year-old defenseman Dmitry Orlov...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Martin Erat Requests to be Traded From Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals made a bold move at last year’s trade deadline to acquire top-six winger Martin Erat and forward Michael Latta from the Nashville Predators in exchange for top prospect and 2012 first-round pick Filip Forsberg. After failing to make an impact offensively in Washington and being relegated to the fourth line at times, Erat wants out. On Monday, the 32-year...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Disgruntled Forward Martin Erat Requests Trade From Washington by   Steven Ellis

Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat has told Washington management he is unhappy with how he is being utilized and has reportedly asked them to be traded. Earlier in April, the Nashville Predators traded Erat and Michael Latta to the Capitals at the trade deadline in exchange for top prospect Filip Forsberg. Erat requested to be traded away from Nashville, and waived a...
Via The Hockey House
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Who is at Fault?

Earlier today, Katie Carrera of the Post reported that winger Martin Erat feels his time in Washington is up and he would like to be traded elsewhere.  The 32-year-old Czech came to the Capitals at last year's trade deadline, along with Michael Latta, for first round pick Filip Forsberg.  Since that trade, each of those players has scored exactly once.  That is a fine number...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Capitals rally to beat Red Wings, 4-3, in shootout

For 40 minutes, the Detroit Red Wings dictated the flow and pace Friday night. They buzzed in the Washington Capitals’ zone, converted a pair of power plays and carried a two-goal lead into the third period. But for the second straight game, the Capitals engineered a third-period rally to snatch two points. Nicklas Backstrom scored the winner in the shootout at Joe Louis Arena...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Capitals recall Dmitry Orlov and Michael Latta, John Erskine on LTI

The Capitals made a series of roster moves Wednesday ahead of their first practice back in the Eastern Time Zone, recalling defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Michael Latta from the Hershey Bears. To make space on both the 23-man active roster and under the salary cap for Orlov and Latta, veteran defenseman John Erskine has been placed on long-term injured reserve. Erskine, whose...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps make roster moves

DISCUSS ON OUR REDDIT The Washington Capitals have made roster moves. Defenseman John Erskine has been placed on the long term injured reserve.   Erskine heads to the IR, retroactive to October 26.  He will be eligible to return on November 20.  The movement of Erskine to the long term injured reserve allows the Caps to recall two from Hershey and stay within the league mandated...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Talk Around The League

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, - Two league executives insist there is actually heat on Washington GM George McPhee and coach Adam Oates. Yes, we’ve heard this before, but you have to think at some point or another the blame will fall at McPhee’s feet. Last season at the deadline, he sent top prospect Filip Forsberg to the Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Latta, Carrick Assigned, Schmidt Recalled

The Washington Capitals have announced that they have assigned defenseman Connor Carrick and center Michael Latta to AHL Hershey.  Carrick started the first three games for Washington before being scratched last night in favor of Alexander Urbom.  Latta started the season with the Caps, but was sent down to Hershey after one game only to be recalled earlier this week.  They have...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Six months later: Preds look like big winners in Forsberg, Erat trade

On trade deadline day last season (April 3), general manager David Poile was able to make a trade that would help the future of the club. Poile traded veteran winger Martin Erat and prospect Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals for a top Swedish prospect named Filip Forsberg. “It felt good today," said Poile after the trade, "and I know it will feel good in the future...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps claim Urbom off waivers from New Jersey, send Latta back to Chocolatetown

The Washington Capitals have claimed Alexander Urbom off waivers from the New Jersey Devils (photo courtesy of Andy Martin) The Washington Capitals have announced that they have claimed defenseman Alexander Urbom off waivers from the New Jersey Devils according to the team’s website. Known as more of a shutdown defenseman, the 6′ 4″ Urbom was New Jersey’s 3rd round choice...
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps Acquire Urbom; Assign Latta

Just one game into the season, the Washington Capitals have made some small tweaks to their roster, claiming Swedish defenseman Alexander Urbom off waivers from the New Jersey Devils and assigning fourth-line center Michael Latta to AHL Hershey. Continue reading "Caps Acquire Urbom; Assign Latta"
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Hornqvist suffers lower body injury in 4-0 loss to Caps

In a game where discipline was not a priority, the Nashville Predators lost 4-1 to the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center Wednesday night. Five times the Predators went shorthanded, but were lucky to kill off four of them. Former-Preds prospect Michael Latta was involved in one of three fights. His tout against Rich Clune came just twenty-five seconds after the opening faceoff...
Via Fang Faction
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Predators expecting big things from Forsberg

For however long Martin Erat and Michael Latta are members of the Capitals fans will be measuring their production against the progress of Nashville Predators forward prospect Filip Forsberg. That progress may be easily monitored next season because Forsberg is expected to make Nashville’s NHL roster. Taken by the Caps with the 11th pick overall of the 2012 draft Forsberg was...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Another Look At A Bad Trade

One of the more surprising moves at the trade deadline this year was the Washington Capitals trading 2012 first round pick Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta.  I picked this as a good longterm move for Nashville and a bad longterm move for Washington.  There are few players with Forsberg`s potential and you don`t give them...
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May 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 38: Columbus @ Nashville – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images The Nashville Predators made one significant move at the trade deadline sending Martin Erat and Michael Latta to the Washington Capitals for highly-rated draft prospect Filip Forsberg. Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets broke the mold and got Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers and Blake Comeau from the Calgary Flames. They also...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Scouting Report on Erat and Latta

Fang Finger is a Nashville-based blogger for the website Fang Faction. Martin Erat is a skilled forward just past the prime of his career. The Czech Republican native is a great skater and has an excellent shot, when he decides to release the puck. Often in his career, Erat has been known to be a pass first, shoot second forward, which didn’t help in the Predators’ situation...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Erat Asked To Be Traded

from John Manasso at NHL.com, General manager David Poile said he had a number of meetings with Erat, who ranks second all-time in most of the franchise's offensive categories, to make sure the request was not being made on an emotional basis. When Poile was satisfied it was not, he took 24 hours to consummate a deal with the Washington Capitals, satisfying Erat's demands...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Forsberg is a big addition for Preds

The Nashville Predators acquired a top prospect in young Filip Forsberg in their trade with the Washington Capitals that sent long-time Predator Martin Erat and prospect Michael Latta to the(More here)…
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Capitals get Erat from Predators for Forsberg

The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta from the Nashville Predators for 2012 first-round draft pick Filip Forsberg. Erat leads the Predators with 17 assists and is tied for the first on the club with 21 points this season. He's played all 723 of his NHL games with Nashville, and ranks second in team history with 163 goals...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps Taking a Big Risk

A few days ago, I was talking to a buddy of mine about the Caps’ chances during these last few weeks.  He remarked “This team is good, but if they had somebody like Erat, I’d say they are a solid cup contender.”  Now, a bunch of you are no doubt going to call me a liar, that nobody could have had that foresight.  And you’d be right.  Because this team is not a Martin...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Surprise move lands top prospect Filip Forsberg for Predators

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile appeared to be having a rather quiet day at the trade deadline until a surprising move was announced well after the 2 p.m. deadline had passed.Nashville picked up a top offensive prospect in Filip Forsberg in exchange for career Predator Marty Erat and prospect Michael Latta.Earlier in the day, Poile had shipped defenseman Scott...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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