The Capitals traded for Martin Erat last year to provide top-six forward depth but he's only played on the fourth line through the first seven games this season. Does he have a future in Washington?
Martin Erat was acquired to bring top-six left wing depth to the Capitals but played on the fourth line Tuesday night.
Projected lineups for tonight's season opener and other notes from the morning skate.
Notes on Mikhail Grabovski's place on the first power play unit, Michal Neuvirth's puck handling and more.
Coach Adam Oates's preseason of experimentation continues with Martin Erat taking a turn at center.
The possibilities and the pros and cons for the opening night lineup seem endlessly complicated.
A look at some of the top questions the Caps will answer over 18 days of training camp and eight preseason games.
A look at how the players who finished the season on the Capitals' top two lines fared and what the future might hold.
Martin Erat suffered a dislocated elbow in Game 4 and Brooks Laich expects to have no problem being ready for training camp following his rehabilitation from minor groin surgery.
Martin Erat suffered an apparent injury to his left wrist or forearm in Game 4 and it's unclear how much time he might miss.