Canucks eyed Erat

Vancouver did have some tepid interest in Martin Erat, who said he wants out of Washington.

But acquiring him would have to be a pickle-for-pickle type deal with David Booth going the other way.

It’s fun to consider, but unlikely.

There’s a far greater chance the Canucks ride it out with Booth than bet on Erat, who has one goal in 31 games, and that’s while playing in the weaker East.

Erat may be a better skater, but he’s smaller and, at 32, three years older. In their past 82 games played, Erat has scored 10 goals and Booth 18.

Both Erat ($4.5 million US cap hit) and Booth ($4.2 million cap hit) have another year on their contracts.

There is something else to consider. Because Erat’s actual salary dips to $2.25 million next season, his compliance buyout would cost $1.5 million spread over two years. Booth’s buyout is a $3.16 million cost spread over two.