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Domo Arigato, Mr. Svatos


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.