Today the Edmonton Oilers announced that Yann Danis has been placed on waivers with the intent of sending him back to Oklahoma City. This, of course, causes one giant “SIGH” coming from the mouths of Edmonton Oilers fans whom fully understand that this announcement means that Nikolai Khabibulin must be ready and willing to go.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 29, 2013
Yann Danis being placed on waivers was inevitable. But it comes at a time where the Barons have positioned Olivier Roy as number one and newcomer, Niko Hovinen as number two. This, of course, shuffles the goaltending group system wide. Where each piece fits in from the AHL to ECHL will be interesting.
It’s also worth noting that Danis might be a good fit within several organizations. I’d even suggest that his stock is higher now than that of Khabibulin in terms of the give and take you’ll get. Danis is free of drama, incredibly healthy, has had better seasons of late, and is fully capable of being a full-time number three or even a part time number two in a short season. His value, right now, is high. Everyone sees that except for the Edmonton Oilers who’ll play the oft-injured goaltender because they can (also thinking they should).
For now we wait. We wait to see if Yann is claimed, where he lands, and hold candlelight vigils in hopes that he returns to Oklahoma City where the team needs him, and he becomes a valuable asset within the Oilers organization.
Let #DanisWatch begin…