Help Is On The Way: Predators Claim Svatos Off Of Waivers

By Amanda DiPaolo

The Nashville Predators have claimed Marek Svatos off of waivers Wednesday morning.

DENVER - NOVEMBER 25: Marek Svatos #40 of the Colorado Avalanche skates during the game against the Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center on November 25, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Blues had signed Svatos to a one-year, two-way deal worth $800,000/$105,000 in the AHL. Svatos was playing in the KHL for Omsk after not finding a home in the NHL. Since players coming over from the KHL have to clear waivers, any team with less points than the Blues had first crack at the forward.

The Predators claimed Svatos. Had Nashville opted not to take him, Anaheim, Chicago and Montreal still would have had a chance to do so before he made his way to the Blues.

The 28 year old has played 316 career NHL games between between 2003-10. Collecting 164 points (96 goals and 68 assists), the Slovakian has scored 25 goals twice.

Nashville is in need of some offensive help with four top-six forwards out of the lineup. Martin Erat, David Legwand, Steve Sullivan and Matthew Lombardi are all out of the lineup. Jordin Tootoo is also out as he entered the NHL’s substance abuse program.

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