Where were you when the Washington Capitals traded prospect Filip Forsberg to Nashville for veteran Martin Erat and bottom-sixer Michael Latta? The 2013 trade deadline deal has become one of the most notorious of all-time, with Erat flaming out in Washington and Forsberg ascending to the top of Nashville’s depth chart within two years.
The Capitals’ logic at the time was sound: they were chasing a Stanley Cup, and Erat could help right away. But the execution was off. The deal speaks to the importance of scouting when it comes to the trade deadline – a time when many teams make mistakes.
The interesting thing about the Forsberg trade is there was risk on Nashville’s side when GM David Poile pulled the trigger. The talented winger wasn’t a surefire NHLer at the time. “It takes a lot of st...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.