The Oklahoma City Barons will likely have the American Hockey League's reigning Goaltender of the Year back in the lineup for the 2012-2013 season.
Yann Danis, who helped the Barons win the Western Division and Western Conference championships during the regular season, signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are the NHL parent team of the Barons, who reached the AHL's version of the Frozen Four this past season.
Danis told the Edmonton Journal he looked at other options around the NHL, but with the Oilers' No. 1 goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin up for a new contract after next season, “if I have another good season in the A, who knows what could happen next year?”
Danis had a 26-14-2 record with a 2.07 goals against average. He had a .924 saves percentage and five shutouts. Danis was voted as a first-team AHL All-Star.
The 2.07 goals against average set a record for a Triple-A-level hockey team in Oklahoma City. Russ Gillow finished the 1967-68 season with a 2.16 GAA for the original Oklahoma City Blazers, then affiliated with the Boston Bruins.
“I had a great time last year, we had a great team and I really liked OK City,” Danis told the Journal. “It was always in the back of my mind to resign. It will be familiar territory for me, and my goal is to replicate what I did last year.”