Ducks claim Marchant off waivers

Columbus Blue Jackets centre Todd Marchant has found a new home.

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim picked up the veteran forward off waivers Monday.

The Blue Jackets placed the 32-year-old Marchant on waivers twice after acquiring centre Sergei Fedorov from the Ducks last Tuesday.

"When he went (on waivers) a second time, I just thought we needed to make changes here and I thought he could help," Ducks general manager Brian Burke said.

Marchant's name actually came up during trade discussions with Anaheim, but he refused to waive his no-trade clause.

"He was discussed at that time, but he had a no-trade clause," "And so there was never any agreement in any way that said Anaheim would take him if he went on waivers.

"The league doesn't allow understandings like that and there wasn't one here. As you can see, he cleared waivers once."

Columbus general manager Doug MacLean needed a scoring centre in wake of injuries to star sophomore Rick Nash and waiving Marchant freed up valuable salary-cap space.

"It's been a trying weekend because there was a lot of discussion with a lot of teams," MacLean said. "I hoped when I put him back on waivers, because of all the discussions I was having with those teams, that someone would take him."

By claiming Marchant, the Ducks are also obligated to pick up his contract, which calls for $2.47 million US this season, $2.47 million US in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and $2.66 million US in 2008-09.

"Before this move we moved a lot of money," Burke said. "We think we can accommodate his contract."

Marchant, who played nine seasons with the Edmonton Oilers before joining Columbus in 2003-04, has three goals and six assists in 18 games this year.

with files from Sports Network