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Marek Svatos is prepared to leave Colorado

Mar 2, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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It’s been a tough season for Marek Svatos and it looks like he’s on
his way out of Colorado. The right winger is in the midst of a
two-season slump and it’s only getting worse; for some making $2 million
and scheduled to be a free agent this summer, that’s usually a sign
he’ll be moved. If someone will take him.

Svatos is
prepared for what may come.

“If it happens, it happens. I’m ready for it,” Svatos
said. “I just put it in the back of my mind. We’ll see.”

Prior to signing his two-year contract ins 2008, Svatos had two 45+
point seasons and twice scored more than 25 goals with the Avalanche.
Since then, he’s managed just 20 goals and 24 points in 113 games. Not
to say he’s slacking — by all accounts Svatos is a hard worker and has
been doing everything he can to get out of this slump — but too many
times you see players get their contract and then the production drops
off.

Perhaps this could be a case of a new environment sparking
him again. He’s a right-handed right wing with proven scoring ability;
there’s value in that around the NHL. Chicago (interesting) and San Jose
had scouts at last night’s game; there’s bound to be some interest
somewhere.

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