Mighty Ducks claim C Marchant off waivers from Blue Jackets

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - The deal for six-time All-Star Sergei Fedorov spelled the end of fellow center Todd Marchant’s tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now Marchant will get another chance with Fedorov’s previous team, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

The Mighty Ducks on Monday claimed Marchant off waivers from the Blue Jackets, who wanted to clear some room under the salary cap.

On Tuesday, Columbus acquired six-time All-Star Fedorov from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for center Tyler Wright and defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Fedorov has the league’s 16th-highest salary at $6.08 million, putting the Blue Jackets within $2 million of the NHL’s $39 million cap.

The Blue Jackets placed Marchant, who is scheduled to make nearly $2.5 million annually through the 2008-09 season, on waivers Wednesday. After no team claimed him the following day, Columbus again placed him on waivers over the weekend rather than send him to the minor leagues.

If Marchant was sent to the minors and recalled, he would have been subject to re-entry waivers that would force the Blue Jackets to split his salary with the team that claims him.

The 32-year-old Marchant has three goals and nine points in 18 games this season. He established a career high with 20 goals in his final season with the Oilers in 2002-03 but managed only nine tallies in 77 games with Columbus the following season.

A veteran of 774 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Edmonton, and Columbus, Marchant has 148 goals and 386 points.

Also on Monday, the Mighty Ducks recalled left wing Chris Kunitz and goaltender Michael Wall from Portland of the American Hockey League and assigned center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry to Portland.

Getzlaf, who was Anaheim’s first-round pick in 2003, has recorded four goals and seven points with the Mighty Ducks this season. Perry, who was chosen in the second round in 2003, has one goal and five assists in 15 games with Anaheim.

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Updated Monday, Nov 21, 2005