Ottawa Senators claim Marek Svatos

News comes this morning (via Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN), that winger Marek Svatos has been claimed by the Ottawa Senators, a team which is pretty much playing out the string in anticipation of a major rebuilding effort to commence this summer.

The other 3 big names on the waiver wire, Nikolay Zherdev, Ales Kotalik, and Craig Rivet, all went unclaimed.

Marek Svatos

#40 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators

5-10

185

Jun 17, 1982

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Marek Svatos 9 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 17

It's a legitimate question to ask why the Preds can't use a scorer like this. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, given the Preds' injury problems this season he would seem to make a nice option to have in reserve. After all, despite his guts, Steve Sullivan doesn't appear to be flying around at 100% between having to wear a full face cage and the groin problem which kept him out of the lineup for an extended period.

Although certainly it can be difficult to justify having an $800,000 player on the payroll just to act as an insurance policy.

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