St. Louis claimed former Nashville Predator Vladimir Orszagh off waivers on Friday.

The right-winger has eight goals, five assists and 42 penalty minutes in 19 games this season with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League. He is expected to join the Blues within a week, once the immigration process is completed.

"Vladimir is the type of player who can excel in many different situations, including at both wing positions," said Blues GM Larry Pleau. "We are excited to add him to our organization, and I anticipate that he will make a strong contribution to the Blues for the next couple of years as a solid forward."

A report in the Arizona Republic on Friday had the Phoenix Coyotes signing Orszagh in the hopes he would clear waivers, despite an International Ice Hockey Federation spokesperson claiming that the player would be ineligible to return to the NHL this season under any circumstances due to his contract status in Europe.

Orszagh played the 2004-05 season with Zvolen KHK of the Slovak League, collecting 30 points (16-14) in 37 games.

The 28-year-old was with the Predators from 2001 to 2004, after spending time in the New York Islanders organization. He has 50 goals and 60 assists in 273 NHL games.

with files from CP Online