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A Quick Conversation with Martin Erat

Monday, 05.12.2008 / 4:12 PM CT / Features
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A Quick Conversation with Martin Erat
NashvillePredators.com spoke with forward Martin Erat on he heels of the announcement of his new seven-year contract. Erat is currently playing with Team Czech Republic in the 2008 World Championships. The Czech's finished tied for second in their grouping heading into the the Quarterfinals round of the tournament.

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NashvillePredators.com: Congratulations on the new contract. How does it feel to sign the new seven year contract?
Martin Erat: It's great to get the deal done. I'm honored to sign with Nashville for a long-term deal. It's a great opportunity to play for a team that wants me and in a place where I want to play. It's just good to get it done and to know that I'm going to be there for a while.

NP.com: Local ownership has been in place for five months and in that time they've managed to sign you, J.P. Dumont, and David Legwand to big long-term contracts. How do the players interpret that?
Erat: It was a tough summer last year and all season long was a little rough on the team. We had to play hard through all of that and we did a good job. But we know what was going on. Now we have a new owner and he obviously wants to keep the team together. With me, J.P., Legwand all signed to long deals; Jordin (Tootoo) and some of the others signed. It's great to know that I'm a part of that. It's an honor to be a part of the rebuilding and long term plans. It's a different feeling than last summer.

NP.com: What's it like to play in the World Championships?
Erat: It's great to be a part of the Czech national team. It's a different style in an international tournament. It's always an honor to play for the Czech national team, to wear the jersey of my country. Now we get to the difficult games (in the tournament), so we have to play better. Wednesday's a big game. We have to win to move on.

NP.com: Czech Republic just played Sweden yesterday. What were your impressions of Preds prospect Patric Hornqvist?
Erat: I was talking to him a couple of times about some things, about Nashville; just trying to get to know him a little. Playing against him, he's a great player. I think he can be a part of our team soon. He looks like a great prospect and he's playing well for his team. There are a lot of great players here (at the World Championships) and he really fits in here. I hope he can make our team soon; he looks like a good scorer.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00