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.