Kovalev Traded to Penguins; Sens Claim Svatos

The Ottawa Senators sent forward Alex Kovalev to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 7th round pick in 2011 (6th round if they win 1 round of playoffs).   GM Bryan Murray also claimed forward Marek Svatos off waivers from the Nashville Predators.

My take:  The Senators were looking to get something, anything, for Kovalev, and they did.  According to Murray, Kovalev’s salary was an issue with many teams, so acquiring a late round pick is all that can be expected.  This move is good for both parties.  It gives Kovalev a chance at another Cup and rids the Senators of a player that, quite simply, didn’t work out.  There won’t be many tears spilled by anyone involved in this deal, either by the fans or Alex Kovalev.

Marek Svatos is another example of Murray auditioning for next year.  The team gets around 20 games to see what Svatos brings to the club and if they like him, they can make an offer to sign him.  If not, they just simply let him go.

Cory Clouston on Marek Svatos & the trade of Alex Kovalev

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=1141&id=99681

Here’s Bryan Murray on dealing Alex Kovalev and the reasoning behind his signing in the first place.

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Find out more on www.NHL.com and www.OttawaSenators.com

On the Phillips situation…

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On possibly trading Chris Neil…

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