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Predators snatch Marek Svatos from Blues via waivers


When we passed along word that the St. Louis Blues signed Marek Svatos yesterday, we made sure to note that he would probably need to clear waivers before he became a member of that team. That disclaimer proved to to be a wise asterisk to note, as the Nashville Predators snatched Svatos from St. Louis before he could clear waivers, according to Darren Pang.

As noted in that previous post, Svatos isn’t an elite scorer but should give the Predators (just like he would have given the Blues) a nice asset for the power play and other goal scoring situations. It looks like his deal will be worth $800K for one season, according to Travis Hughes of SB Nation.

Again, this isn’t likely to be a move that will shift the balance of power in the Western Conference, but it’s a solid low-risk medium-reward kind of deal. The fact that the Predators also enjoyed the thrill of sticking it to their Central Division rivals probably didn’t hurt, either.

Personal reasons: No Ovechkin for Caps tonight

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Alex Ovechkin won’t play for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday because of personal reasons, the team confirmed.

He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).

That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out

This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:

No, the Capitals have not shared details regarding what his “personal reasons” might be, by the way.

Bruins put Morrow on IR, bring up Cross

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Lower-level defense is not the biggest of many worries for the Boston Bruins, yet it might be another in a series of headaches.’s Joe Haggerty points out that Joe Morrow has been placed on IR while AHL stalwart Tommy Cross was called up.

With a -3 rating and negligible offensive impact so far, few will really be missing Morrow (pictured). From the way Haggerty describes Cross, it’s a pretty cool story if he gets into the lineup:

Cross was named captain of the Providence Bruins this season, and actually had a strong training camp as the hard-hitting, tough stay-at-home defenseman he’s developed into during his five years in the B’s minor league system. The 2007 second round pick was a highly regarded potential puck-moving defenseman when he was drafted prior to his Boston College career, but a series of knee injuries negated some of his speed and puck-moving capabilities.

Granted, the Bruins would prefer a sure-thing improvement over a feel-good story right now, as this 0-3-0 start marks their worst beginning in some time.

Injuries have been an issue in general, too, with Zdeno Chara‘s slow start mixed with Dennis Seidenberg on the mend and Brad Marchand in limbo.

The Bruins’ next game comes against the Avalanche in Colorado. Maybe they’ll start to mend things on the ice?