Rat scratch fever: Caps drop Erat from lineup


The Martin Erat era in Washington has hit a new low.

The Caps will make Erat a healthy scratch for tonight’s game in Tampa Bay and replace him with Aaron Volpatti, head coach Adam Oates confirmed:

Erat, who has no goals and 15 assists through 39 games this year, probably saw the writing on the wall over the last two games. He played just 9:42 in a loss to Carolina and 7:27 in a loss to Minnesota, going a combined minus-3 over the two contests.

The healthy scratch comes just weeks after Erat re-iterated his desire to be traded out of Washington.

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