Blues sign Marek Svatos

DENVER - NOVEMBER 25: Marek Svatos #40 of the Colorado Avalanche skates during the game against the Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center on November 25, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Blues have announced that they have signed former Colorado Avalanche forward, Marek Svatos, to a one year deal. Svatos was playing in the KHL until recently.

Although he will practise with the team today, Svatos will not be eligible to play until Friday. He also has to clear waivers first.

Here’s the full press release from the Blues Official Site:

St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday the club has signed free agent forward Marek Svatos (MAIR-ehk, SVA-tohs) to a one-year contract.

Svatos, 28, has made 19 appearances with the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) Omsk Avangard this season recording eight points including three goals and five assists.

In 2009-10, the 5’10, 185-pound forward tallied seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 54 regular season games with the Colorado Avalanche as well as a goal and two penalty minutes in three playoff outings.

For his career, Svatos has dressed in 316 NHL games, all with Colorado, accumulating 164 points including 96 goals and 68 assists.

The Kosice, Slovakia native was originally drafted by Colorado in the seventh round, 227th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

He will wear number 40.

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