Martin Erat waived his no-trade clause to leave the Nashville Predators because he wanted to give himself a better chance to win a Stanley Cup, the newly acquired Capitals winger said Wednesday.

“I’ve been in Nashville for 11 years and it’s hard to leave the city when you’ve been here for so long, but I’m so excited for the opportunity and to play for the Stanley Cup,” Erat said in a conference call with reporters.

In a late trade deadline day move, Washington shipped top prospect Filip Forsberg to Nashville in exchange for Erat, 31, and prospect Michael Latta.

Erat said he asked Nashville General Manager David Poile for a trade because the Predators were “going in a younger direction.”

“I’m getting older, and I don’t have seven, eight years to wait for another chance,” Erat said.