WOOOOO! (Photo credit: John Russell)
The Filip Forsberg/Martin Erat trade still elicits strong reactions from Caps fans. (Like I’m warning you now, you’re going to want to bring a hatchet into the comments below because this one’s gonna get gory.)
Adam Oates has put Erat — George McPhee’s 32-year-old, $4.5 million toy — on the fourth line where he averages under 8 minutes a game. For Caps fans already unhappy with the trade, Erat’s modest utilization had them grinding their teeth.
After Tuesday night, those fans are gonna need a mouthguard. Maybe dentures. Forsberg scored the first goal of his NHL career, a snap shot on the power play, during Nashville’s 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Congrats, kid.
Epic celebration…. go!
Forsberg pumps his arms up and down like Mighty Mouse, then punctuates his celly with an Ovechkin-esque leap into the boards.
Hey, here’s a “fun” stat:
Fun stat! After scoring his first NHL tally tonight, Filip Forsberg has the same amount of goals as Martin Erat since the Caps/Preds trade.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 9, 2013
Getting real: Erat probably won’t linger on the fourth line much longer, and Forsberg is getting primo minutes on a team with few good offensive players (Sorry, Hendy). Also, Latta and something something I dunno.
But this trade was supposed to give the Caps a big short-term boost, and it hasn’t been that at all. Do I sound bitter? Maybe I shouldn’t eat a spoonful of cocoa powder before bed.