Svatos, 28, had been playing with Omsk Avangard of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. Because he was playing overseas, he had to be placed on waivers first, and any NHL team could claim him before noon ET Wednesday.
Last season, he had seven goals and four assists in 54 regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche, who took him in the seventh round (No. 227 overall) in the 2001 draft.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.