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Is help on the way? Preds claim Svatos…

St. Louis Blues broadcaster Darren Pang is reporting that the Nashville Predators have claimed right wing Marek Svatos off of waivers.

Svatos, 28, is a former 32-goal scorer in the NHL but began the season in the KHL over in Russia when he wasn’t signed as a free agent in the summer. In his 19 games with Omsk, he tallied three goals and five assists, good for only 13th in team scoring but keep in mind he’d played in half the games.

He had signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues but had to clear waivers before they could add him to the roster.

He has yet to play an entire NHL season (his career high is 72 games) and hasn’t registered more than 37 points in any one season since that 32 goal campaign in 2005-06.

Svatos has scored 164 points in 316 career NHL games, all with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Kosice, Czechoslovakia native has tallied nine points in 19 career games against his new team.

UPDATE (11:25am): Josh Cooper of The Tennessean is now confirming the transaction.

UPDATE (4:52pm): Svatos has missed games in every NHL season he’s played in due to injury. His laundry list of ailments is as follows:
2005-06: fractured right shoulder
2006-07: re-occuring groin injury
2007-08: torn ACL
2008-09: hand injury
2009-10: groin and chest injuries

7 Comments

  1. C Hale

    December 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

    You guys suck and are going nowhere. Why would you need him?

    • Jeremy K. Gover

      December 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Why would we need him? Have you seen our forwards? Matthew Lombardi, Martin Erat, David Legwand, Steve Sullivan and now Jordin Tootoo are all out. Lombardi and Tootoo have no timetable to return and Erat and Legwand have both been out with nagging injuries twice each. Trust me, the Preds NEED Svatos.

    • Preds

      December 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

      Classy

    • darren

      December 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Sour Grapes anyone?

  2. Capt4Chris

    December 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    LOL C Hale, that’s cute.

    Anyway, so why is he always playing partial seasons?

    • Jeremy K. Gover

      December 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      If I’m not mistaken, he has an injury history but, to be fair, I didn’t put that in the blog because it would be preculation on my part and I have no facts to back that up.

  3. jessica

    December 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    but of all people, why would we pick someone with injury tendencies? don’t we have enough fragile players?