Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent goaltender Yann Danis to a one-year, two-way contract for $575,000 at the NHL level. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.
Danis, 34, returns for his second stint in the Devils’ organization having last played with New Jersey in 2009-10, going 3-2-1 in 12 games with a 2.06 goals-against average. He split last season in the AHL with Norfolk and Hartford, combining for a 17-13-4 record, four shutouts, and a 2.47 GAA in 35 games played. In the 2015 AHL Playoffs, Danis was 7-7 with a 2.37 GAA while guiding Hartford to the Eastern Conference Finals.
He was with Adirondack in 2013-14 and the Edmonton Oilers organization for the two years prior (2011-12 and 2012-13). In 2012 with Oklahoma City, Danis was named to the AHL First All-Star Team and won the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as the league’s top goaltender.
After his one season with the Devils, Danis played the 2010-11 season with Amur Khabarovsk (KHL). Prior to his stint in New Jersey, he was with the New York Islanders organization in 2008-09 and the previous five seasons with the Montreal Canadiens organization, mostly in Hamilton (AHL). Danis was signed as a free agent by Montreal on March 19, 2004, following four years at Brown University (ECAC). In his senior season, he was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and ECAC First All-Star Team, while also claiming ECAC Goaltender and Player of the Year honors. He was named to the conference’s Second All-Star Team following his sophomore and junior seasons.
Born June 21, 1981 in Lafontaine, Que., Danis has a 17-21-4 record, with three shutouts and a 2.75 GAA in 53 career NHL games. He has also compiled an AHL record of 140-99-26, 14 shutouts and a 2.62 GAA in 276 contests.