OTTAWA - The moves are fast and furious for the Senators.
The club picked up Marek Svatos from the Nasvhille Predators on waivers Thursday and winger Alexei Kovalev is packing his bags for the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a seventh round pick.
After picking up Svatos, the Senators then got the 38-year-old Kovalev to waive his "no move" clause to be dealt to the Penguins. The club is able to get his $5-million salary off the books.
"It's too bad it's ending this way but what happens, happens. That's life," said Kovalev, who added he's looking forward to going back to Pittsburgh. "It's a business and you can't choose things in life. Whatever happens, happens.
"You have to take whatever path is going to help you best succeed. As a hockey player, you have to enjoy what you love to do."
Kovalev will be thrilled at the prospect of moving. He couldn't stand playing for Clouston and is going back to a place where his career flourished. The Penguins need forward help.
Senators GM Bryan Murray said three teams had shown interest in Kovalev.
"It's better to make the move and let our kids (be) called up," said Murray. "(Kovalev) was at the stage where he gets a chance to go play in playoffs."
Svatos makes $800,000. He has a two-way contract that pays him $105,000 in the minors. He played for Senators' coach Cory Clouston while the duo were together with Kooteny in the WHL.
"He's excited. It's a good chance for him," said Svatos' agent Rich Evans.
Murray said the Svatos claim is similar to the trade for goalie Craig Anderson last week from the Colorado Avs. He came to Ottawa in exchange for Brian Elliott. Murray said this will give the Senators a chance to look at Svatos and consider whether the team might want to sign him for the rebuilding process.
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