In an active day of signings for the Oilers yesterday, they announced that they signed goaltender Yann Danis and forward Ryan Keller to one-year deals. Both players have been on Calder Cup winning teams. Danis was with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2006-07, and Keller captained last year’s Calder Cup winning Binghamton Senators.
Yann Danis joins the Edmonton organization after spending a season with Amur Khabarovsk of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. In 31 games last season, he posted an 8-17-3 record with a 3.05 Goals Against Average and a .910 Save Percentage. In the 2009-10 season, Danis played 12 games for the New Jersey Devils, posting a 6-3-2-1 record with 2.06 GAA and .923 SV% while backing up Martin Brodeur.
Danis’ last American Hockey League action came in the 2008-09 season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 10 games with Bridgeport he had a 7-3-0 record with a 2.26 GAA and a .924 SV% while also playing 31 games with the New York Islanders. Danis looks to be a strong replacement for the outgoing Martin Gerber. It’ll be interesting to see if this will be it for goaltender signings, or if another AHL goalie is in the cards, allowing rookie Olivier Roy to start in the ECHL.
Forward Ryan Keller joins after captaining last year’s Calder Cup champion, the Binghamton Senators. Keller adds some of the scoring that was lost from the Barons top line heading elsewhere. Keller played 71 regular season games for Binghamton last season, scoring 32 goals and adding 19 assists before stepping it up in the playoffs. Showing that he picks things up when the season is on the line, in 23 playoff games Keller scored 10 goals and added 15 assists.
Keller played the 2009-10 season with Binghamton, scoring 68 points in 72 games and earning himself a call-up to Ottawa. In 6 games in the NHL, he was held scoreless.
Keller has some history with current OKC Barons. Keller played on the 2005-06 Muskegon Fury, a team that was coached by current Barons head coach Todd Nelson. That same season, Keller earned a call-up to the Grand Rapids Griffins, playing 10 games with current Barons defenseman Bryan Helmer.
With the signing of Keller, he becomes the projected 5th veteran for the Barons joining Lennart Petrell, Corey Potter, Bryan Helmer, and Josh Green. AHL teams are allowed 6 veterans.