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Domo Arigato, Mr. Svatos

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photo courtesy of The Hockey News

According to Adrian Dater at the Denver Post, Marek Svatos has decided to skip arbitration (which he petitioned for) and has now signed a new contract with the Avalanche.

The terms are 2 years, $4.1 million (about what we all expected), with the first year paying him $1.75 million and the second year paying him the difference.

I think, considering his high goal output, improved defensive performance, but also his one-trick-pony offensive abilities and his high injury rate, that the contract is pretty fair.  He's still young, and still a restricted free agent, and still has something to prove.

I'd like to see him become a latter-day Milan Hejduk this season, as The Duke begins to wind down his career.