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, 26, finished the 2007-08 season second among Avalanche skaters in goals (26) despite missing the last 16 games of the season with a torn ACL. His six game-winning goals tied him with teammate Wojtek Wolski for the club lead.
A seventh-round selection by the Avalanche (227th overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft, Svatos finished his rookie season in 2005-06 ranked third in goals among first-year players (32) behind Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. He finished the year tied with Joe Sakic for the team lead in goals. Among those 32 goals were nine game-winning goals which tied an NHL mark for game-winners by a rookie (Steve Larmer 1982-83).