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04-03-2013, 04:53 PM
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The Washington Capitals acquired winger Martin Erat and a minor leaguer from the Nashville Predators for top prospect Filip Forsberg.

Erat, 31, is a left-handed shot who has played right wing. Coach Adam Oates could move him to left wing on the first line opposite the right-handed Alex Ovechkin.

Erat has two years left with an annual cap hit of $4.5 million. He has four goals and 17 assists in 36 games this season for the Predators.

Forsberg was the Caps’ No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, No. 11 overall. He’s projected as a top-six winger in the NHL.

This move signals general manager George McPhee’s desire to win now at the expense of the future.

“As players that’s our only priority is this year, right now and making the playoffs,” right wing Troy Brouwer said hours before the trade was announced.

“I hope to go all in because I don’t ever want to write off a season or anything like that,” defenseman Karl Alzner said.
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