Veteran journeyman netminder Yann Danis failed to secure a standard player contract this summer as a free agent, falling short of coming to terms with the Anaheim Ducks on a pro tryout deal and starting the regular season off the ice.
Now, though, he’s managed to get a deal – just not at the NHL level.
It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that the 35-year-old Danis has inked an AHL contract for the 2016-17 season with the St. John’s Ice Caps, the AHL affiliate for the Montreal Canadiens. He won’t be eligible to be recalled to the NHL club without getting signed to a standard player deal, but he will be able to reinforce the team’s depth at the minor league level to start.
Undrafted at the NHL level, the native of Lafontaine, Quebec has moved around North American pro hockey for the last 13 years, following his departure from Brown University. He’s skated out in the system for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and Edmonton Oilers, spending most of his time at the AHL level but getting periodic call-ups throughout the years. Last season, he skated for the New Jersey Devils and their AHL affiliate in Albany, putting up a .908 save percentage in the minors and a .778 with New Jersey.
The signing is a bit surprising for the Montreal affiliate; the club already boasts a decent amount of minor league depth with names like Zach Fucale, Charlie Lindgren, and Mike Condon in the depth chart behind incumbent NHL starter Carey Price. With struggling numbers from Fucale, though, and Condon playing backup at the NHL level, the team may want a veteran in the minor league lineup as well.