As the Capitals prepare to kick off the final stretch of the regular season, they’re only a week away from the NHL’s trade deadline at 3 p.m. on March 5. While it’s unknown precisely what moves General Manager George McPhee will or won’t make by that time, there is one player who remains looking for a change of scenery.

Martin Erat, 32, who just returned to Washington after representing the Czech Republic in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, said Wednesday he still wants the Capitals to trade him but declined to elaborate further.

When he met with reporters recently, McPhee said he planned to touch base with Erat but didn’t expect the veteran forward to withdraw his request.