Coyotes acquire Erat in deal with Capitals

Veteran Martin Erat has 163 goals and 343 assists in an NHL career spanning 785 games.

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The Phoenix Coyotes added veteran forward Martin Erat from the Washington Capitals while making a pair of moves on the eve of the NHL trade deadline.

Erat, a 32-year-old native of the Czech Republic, has one goal and 23 assists for the Capitals this season and has totaled 163 goals and 343 assists in an NHL career spanning 785 games with Washington and the Nashville Predators. He played for the Czech Republic in the recently concluded Sochi Olympics.

The Coyotes acquired him and minor-league defenseman John Mitchell from Washington in exchange for defenseman Rostislav Klesla, forward Chris Brown and a fourth round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Klesla, 31, was acquired by the Coyotes at the trade deadline in 2011 in a deal involving Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto.

Klesla has not been much of a factor for the Coyotes this season in the aftermath of an injury suffered in a September preseason game. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a big hit by Kings’ forward Jordan Nolan. He’s spent half of the season with Portland of the AHL and has one goal and three assists in 25 games for Phoenix.

In an earlier move, the Coyotes shipped a pair of young defensemen to Chicago — acquiring a second-round pick in the 2014 draft in exchange for David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois.

Rundblad, 23, has played 12 games with the Coyotes this season, recording one assist and six penalty minutes. He was a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2009 and came to the Coyotes along with a second-round pick in a December 2011 trade that sent forward Kyle Turris to Ottawa.

Brisebois, 21, has one goal and three assists in 28 games for Portland of the AHL. He signed with Phoenix as a free agent in March 2013.