It was inevitable that after two really solid AHL seasons from Yann Danis, where he played number three for the Oilers, that he would move on. Today it was announced that he has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly has been collecting goaltenders, and this one in particular stands out the most. Buckeye Cal Heeter and Niagra University alum Carsen Chubak, both expected to fight for the leading tender for the Adirondack Phantoms, will now have a bit more competition. Danis has been signed to a one-year, two-way deal. All three goaltenders will have been signed within a five month period, and there’s little doubt in my mind that Danis wins out for the Phantoms top spot.
This leaves the Oklahoma City Barons and Edmonton Oilers with a decision to make on the farm. The addition of Jason LaBarbera as a backup to Devan Dubnyk allows for the Olivier Roy, Frans Tuohimaa, Tyler Bunz trifecta to become the goaltending prospects that duke it out in OKC with the likely front runners being Olivier and Frans. But that’s so much youth, and this also creates a number three in Roy that would be called upon to run up NHL minutes when the Oilers duo catches the injury ailments. Do you keep the young trio or throw a vet in the mix to protect them? With Yann out, and no other goaltender signed at the time this post will be published, I’m thinking MacTavish is ready to embrace prospect – even goaltenders.
Good luck to Yann and his family! You’ll be missed.