With most NHL training camps getting underway today and tomorrow, veteran skaters that failed to land contracts or PTOs have decided to look overseas.
Like Martin Erat, for example.
Erat, who spent last year in Arizona, has signed on with KHL club Avangard Omsk, per the league website. The decision to head to Russia comes after the 34-year-old scored just nine goals in 79 games for the Coyotes last season, numbers that reflected Erat’s decline over the last few years.
A former mainstay in Nashville — he appeared in over 700 games for the Preds during an 11-year stint — Erat never seemed to find his comfort zone after leaving the Music City. The Czech winger was a three-time 20-goal scorer in Nashville but, after getting traded to Washington at the ’13 deadline, had real issues finding the back of the net.
All told, Erat scored just twice as a Capital, and finished with only 13 goals in 158 games following his trade from the Preds.
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