Martin Erat RW PHO 9 Months

Martin Erat (upper body) will dress in Thursday's game versus Florida.

He will join Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata in his first game back from a lower-body injury. Erat has been absent from Phoenix's last three contests. He has one goal in four appearances with the Coyotes since being acquired from Washington.

Martin Erat RW PHO 9 Months

Martin Erat won't play against Boston on Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

GM Don Maloney hopes that Erat will be ready to return within a week. He was injured early into Tuesday's win over Florida.

Martin Erat RW PHO 10 Months

Martin Erat registered just his second goal of the season in Monday's 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning.

Erat registered a ridiculous one goal in 53 games with the Capitals and doubled it with a tally in Monday's win. Before you go rushing to grab him in your league, keep in mind that he skated for just 12 minutes in this contest and registered just the one shot on goal. Brandon McMillan and Mikkel Bodker also scored goals for Phoenix in the win.

Martin Erat RW PHO 10 Months

New Coyote Martin Erat should be able to flourish with the Phoenix Coyotes at least partly because he is familiar with the other Czech players on the team, according to team star Radim Vrbata.

Like Erat, Vrbata, Martin Hanzal and Zbynek Michalek are from Czechoslovakia. "It always makes it easier," Vrbata said. "Not that you don't speak to the other guys. You do. But still, it's a long season. It's nice to come to the rink and you can speak in your language and if you're on the road, you can go together to dinner. Just talk about stuff that is going on in Czech or stuff like that."

Martin Erat RW PHO 10 Months

Martin Erat meshed well with Radim Vrbata in his Coyotes debut.

Erat got a chance to play alongside his Czech countryman, Vrbata, after Phoenix acquired Erat from Washington on Tuesday. Although Erat didn't get a point in his debut, he still helped Vrbata find the back of the net twice. "Hopefully we'll get even better as we practice more together and skate together and play more games together," Vrbata said. "So hopefully this is just the start." Although Erat has had a disappointing season, he should finish the campaign on a high note with Phoenix.

Martin Erat RW PHO 10 Months

Martin Erat (lower body) is expected to make his Coyotes' debut on Thursday on a line with Radim Vrbata.

Phoenix acquired Erat on Tuesday from the Washington Capitals. Erat has a goal and 24 points in 53 games this season. His production is likely to increase with Phoenix though, given that his role with Washington was very limited at times.

Martin Erat RW PHO 10 Months

Martin Erat was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night along with John Mitchell in exchange for Chris Brown, Rostislav Klesla and a fourth round pick.

The Capitals finally accommodated Erat's trade request from earlier in the season. The 32 year-old has seen his role diminish in Washington this season after being acquired by the Caps just last year. Washington parted with highly touted prospect Filip Forsberg in the deal, while Erat has produced just one goal and 24 points in 53 games this season.

Martin Erat RW PHO 10 Months

Martin Erat missed Saturday's game with a lower body injury.

Erat was hurt on Thursday when he blocked a shot. He is looking to get traded and has only one goal (an empty netter) and 22 assists in 52 games this season. Consider him day-to-day and hopefully he hasn't been in your fantasy lineup all season.

Martin Erat RW PHO 10 Months

Martin Erat confirmed that he's still seeking a trade.

There was some speculation that Erat might have changed his mind, given that his playing time has increased with the Capitals. He didn't want to go into detail as to why he would like to be traded, but Capitals GM George McPhee said that he will try to accommodate his request.

Martin Erat RW PHO 11 Months

Martin Erat scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.

It took the forward 51 games to find the back of the cage and he needed an empty net to do it. He is now tied in goals with goaltender Mike Smith this season as Smith also scored with an empty net. Erat has 21 assists this season and is headed to Sochi to play for the Czech Republic.