The Philadelphia Flyers added depth in the crease on Friday, signing free-agent goaltender Yann Danis to a one-year, two-way contract.
With the expected departure of Brian Boucher due to free agency or retirement, plus the fact that Anthony Stolarz is not ready to head to the AHL as a 19-year-old, Danis is a wise choice to join Scott Munroe in goal at Glens Falls.
Danis comes to the Flyers from the Edmonton Oilers organization, where he led the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, to the AHL’s Western Conference Finals in each of the last two seasons. In 2012-13, Danis posted a record of 26-15-6 with a 2.59 GAA and a .911 save percentage, followed by a 10-7 record with a 2.41 GAA and .923 save percentage in 17 Calder Cup playoff games.
Danis was signed by the Montreal Canadiens in 2004 following a four-year career at Brown University, where he was a 2004 Hobey Baker finalist. He spent four seasons with the Montreal organization, appearing in 176 games for the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. While in Hamilton, Danis backed up Carey Price as the Bulldogs won the 2007 Calder Cup, and he was also named the co-MVP at the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic. He played six games for Montreal during the 2005-06 season, including his NHL debut on October 12, 2005, a 32-save shutout win over Atlanta. He became the first Montreal goaltender since 1973 to debut with a shutout.
Danis signed with the New York Islanders in 2008 and moved on to the New Jersey Devils in 2009. After playing the 2010-11 season in the KHL, Danis returned to North America when he signed with Edmonton prior to the 2011-12 season. In 53 career NHL games for Montreal, the Islanders, New Jersey and Edmonton, Danis has a 17-21-4 record with a 2.75 GAA and a .910 save percentage.