The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Alexander Svitov to a one-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Saturday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed
The 6-3, 228-pound Svitov was acquired by Columbus from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 27, 2004 in a trade that sent defenseman Daryl Sydor to the Lightning. He collected two goals and nine assists for 11 points with 20 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Blue Jackets that season and has 6-13-19 and 78 penalty minutes in 103 career NHL games.
Svitov (pronounced SVEE-tawf) was the third overall pick in the 2001 Entry Draft by Tampa Bay and made his NHL debut with the club in 2002-03, tallying 4-4-8 and 58 penalty minutes in 63 games. He was also selected to play in the NHL YoungStars Game during All-Star Weekend and tallied 0-1-1 for the Eastern Conference squad.
A native of Omsk, Russia, Svitov has played parts of five seasons with Omsk in the Russian Elite League, registering 14-16-30 and 304 penalty minutes in 93 games, including 3-6-9 and 142 penalty minutes in 32 games in 2005-06. He also played for Team Russia at two World Junior Championships in 2001 and 2002. He picked up 0-1-1 and 58 penalty minutes in six games during the 2001 tournament and notched 2-1-3 and 43 penalty minutes in five games to help Russia capture the gold medal in 2002.