Winnipeg extended forward Marko Dano on Tuesday, inking him to a one-year deal worth $850,000.
Now, we’ll see how long he remains a Jet.
Dano, 22, certainly could be an option for Las Vegas at the upcoming expansion draft. It’s been suggested Golden Knights GM George McPhee wants young, inexpensive players with talent that hasn’t necessarily blossomed at the NHL level, and Dano definitely fits that bill.
A former first-round pick — taken 27th overall by Columbus at the 2013 draft — he’s known as an offensively skilled guy that’s had some success in various big league stops.
His best showing came with the Blue Jackets as a rookie in ’14-15, when he racked up eight goals and 21 points in just 35 games. Columbus looked like they had a good young prospect on their hands, but they flipped him to Chicago as part of the Brandon Saad trade.
Things never worked out for Dano with the ‘Hawks, and he was shipped out as part of the Andrew Ladd trade after playing just 13 games.
With the Jets, Dano has split time between Winnipeg and the club’s AHL affiliate. He had 11 points in 38 games last year, missing nearly two months to an ankle injury after an ugly crash into the boards.