The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced the signing of forward Marek Svatos to a two-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for today.
“Marek Svatos has been a key ingredient to our success the last few years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He’s scored many big goals for this club and we expect him to be a strong force for us again this season.”
Svatos Under Contract with Avs
Despite all of his injuries, (Svatos hasn't played more than 66 games in the past three seasons) Marek Svatos has been one of the best goal scorers that the Colorado Avalanche has ever had. If he can somehow stay healthy for an entire 82-game season, Svatos has 30, maybe even 40-goal potential if he's playing on a line with Sakic or Stastny. And with the departure of Andrew Brunette, the idea of Svatos as a top-6 forward is almost a certainty.
With a two-year, 4.1 million dollar contract, the signing still leaves the Avs with a little over 10 million to sign Joe Sakic and retain some flexibility for any additional moves.