Dano agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with Winnipeg on Thursday. Dano returns to the Jets organization after spending last year with the Blue Jackets, In his previous stint with Winnipeg, the 25-year-old center saw action in 82 NHL games in which he generated 10 goals, 12 assists and 105 shots while averaging 10:31 of ice time. If he can earn a spot on the 23-man roster, which is far from guaranteed, Dano figures to slot into a bottom-six role and would offer mid-range fantasy value at best.
Dano signed a deal with HK Dukla in Slovakia on Sunday. Dano was a restricted free agent for the Blue Jackets this offseason but will head back to Europe. The 25-year-old forward played for HK Dukla from 2010-12 before he was drafted by Columbus in 2013. He has 45 points in 141 career NHL games.
Columbus reassigned Dano to AHL Cleveland on Friday. Dano's demotion suggests Sonny Milano (upper body) may be ready to return Saturday against New Jersey. The 25-year-old will continue to be one of the first skaters the Blue Jackets turn to when dealing with injuries up front, but he won't have any fantasy value in 2019-20.
Dano was recalled on an emergency basis from AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports. Dano has spent the whole season with AHL Cleveland, racking up three goals and 12 points over 25 games. He appeared in eight NHL contests with the Avalanche last season but failed to record a point. Dano could find himself in the lineup for Monday's tilt against Washington as Columbus is dealing with a handful of injuries to the forward group.
Dano was waived by the Blue Jackets for reassignment to AHL Cleveland on Monday. Dano was selected in the first round (27th overall) by the Blue Jackets in 2013, but he only played one season with the club before making stops in Winnipeg, Chicago and Colorado over the last four years. His journey has come full circle with a return to Columbus. Dano didn't show enough in preseason to stick with the big club, so they'll look to move him to the minors where he can continue his development.
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