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WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Nov 12, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Martin Erat (10) looks to pass against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

STANDINGS:  67 PTS, 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference

PLAYOFF PROGNOSIS/ STATUS:  Playoff hopeful / Buyer

NEEDS:  Defensive help.

DEADLINE CAP SPACE:  Less than $1M.

ASSETS TO DEAL:  Martin Erat wants out of town, and the Caps are more than willing to make that happen.

RUMORS:  They would love to clear Erat off the books, and moving him could provide some extra cap space.  They might have to retain some salary if they can find a team willing to take him, but it still might be worth it.