The St. Louis Blues
thought Marek Svatos
would help their ailing offense. They'll never get the chance to find out.
The Nashville Predators
claimed Svatos on waivers Wednesday, one day after the Blues signed him to a one-year contract.
Since Svatos had been playing in for Avangard Omsk in the KHL, he had to be placed on waivers before officially joining the Blues' roster. That happened immediately after St. Louis signed him on Tuesday, and it started a 24-hour period of finger-crossing for Blues GM Doug Armstrong.
"He was signed (Tuesday) morning, and he was placed on waivers at 11 a.m.," Armstrong told reporters Tuesday. "All 29 teams have a chance at him and we'll know by 11 a.m. (Wednesday) if he's claimed by another team, and if he is, he had a short-lived career with the Blues."
Svatos' time in St. Louis lasted just the one day, as the Predators claimed the two-time 20-goal scorer.
With injuries to TJ Oshie, Andy MacDonald and David Perron
, Svatos saw an opportunity for playing time with the Blues.
"The team has some injuries, so hopefully I can help the team to win some games," Svatos said following his first -- and only -- practice with the Blues on Tuesday. "I'm going to try to put the puck in the net. … I'm very thankful for this opportunity. I left the Russia team to play for St. Louis and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm very thankful for the chance to get back in NHL and get my career back on track."
Svatos, a 2001 seventh-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche
, had 32 goals in his first full NHL season with the Avs, in 2005-06. He had 26 goals in 2007-08, but he had just 7 goals in 54 games last season, and had no luck finding an NHL job as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
After playing 19 games with Omsk, he decided to leave in hope of finding more playing time in the NHL. He thought that was going to come in St. Louis, but now it will be Nashville.