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After not recieving a contract following a tryout deal with the Florida Panthers, Marek Svatos has signed a deal with HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL.

Svatoš was drafted 227th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first NHL games for the Avalanche in the 2003–04 season. Following a strong performance in the Avalanche’s second round loss in the playoffs, he returned to the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, during the 2004 NHL Lockout. He was chosen to play in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy as part of the Slovakian national team.

Svatoš was limited to 54 games during the 2009–10 season, missing 18 games through groin and chest injuries. With a sixth consecutive NHL season affected from injury, he suffered from a loss of form and under new coach Joe Sacco, was relegated to a reserve player to record a career low 7 goals and 11 points. Without a contract offer, Svatoš left the NHL and signed a one-year contract during the early stages of the 2010–11 European season with Russian team, Avangard Omsk of the KHL, on September 24, 2010. In 19 games with Omsk, he posted 3 goals and 8 points before he was granted a release, after both sides agreed to terminate the deal on December 23, 2010.

On December 28, 2010, Svatoš returned to North America with NHL ambitions and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues. However in order to return to the NHL he was placed on waivers due to starting the season in Europe and the following day on December 29, was subsequently claimed by the Nashville Predators.On December 31, 2010, he dressed for the Predators to make his 2010–11 NHL season debut in an away game win over the Minnesota Wild. He played in 9 games claimed off of waivers by the Ottawa Senators on February 4th, 2011. He suited up in 19 games with the Senators, but didn’t recieve a contract offer from them at the end of the campaign, thus deciding to take a year off to recover from the multiple injuries sustained in his short career.

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