Veteran AHL goalie might be what the Admirals need.
Bob Ferguson appears to understand how dire the situation is in the Norfolk net. After Saturday’s disastrous blowing of a 4-1 lead, Igor Bobkov does not appear to be a longterm solution in net. Ryan Faragher, who has all of one AHL game, may be better suited to getting starts in the ECHL. As of now, Faragher and Bobkov remain on the roster.
With Jason LaBarbera in Anaheim for an extended period of time, there is a need for a new tandem. Granted, the tandem of LaBarbera/Bobkov wasn’t exactly remarkable in the first place. Today, the Ads have signed veteran netminder Yann Danis to a PTO. Danis has spent most of his time in the AHL, with his last stop being the Adirondack Phantoms. Last year in Adirondack, Danis posted a disappointing .899 save percentage. It was a bit surprising, as he was coming off of two strong seasons as the starter for the Oklahoma City Barons. During his time in OKC, Danis put up seasons of .924 and .911, helping the Barons to the playoffs.
The question is whether Danis is closer to Adirondack or OKC. Reflective of his career as a whole, Danis appears to play closer to a .903-.905 save percentage rather than a .920. Norfolk hopes that Danis can recapture his best years with OKC and Hamilton in order to best serve as a long-term replacement for the Admirals. Average goaltending would propel this team to a few more wins, and they’re not getting that. Danis does not need to be superhuman, he needs to be passable for three periods. Danis has to do his best to prevent things like 4-1 leads slipping away.
Danis is on a PTO and as such, will not stay here forever. When John Gibson heals from his injury, this will signal a few events. First, there is the very strong possibility that Anaheim will give Gibson a conditioning stint in the AHL to get up to game speed. In fact, it’s probably advisable. When Gibson finishes his stint (probably a week or weekend set), he will be sent back to Anaheim. Jason LaBarbera will be the odd man out and sent back to Norfolk. Igor Bobkov, who is under contract, will stay on the Norfolk roster. Danis then becomes the odd man out; perhaps waiting for a telephone call if this situation breaks out again. Things could change between now and then, such as a trade or two. As it stands, I think this is the most likely course of events.
Danis was brought in to play, and I think he will play Friday or Saturday and maybe both games. I’d actually like to see Ryan Faragher in action as he’s played all of one AHL game and appeared to get better after an early shelling. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in Utah by the end of the week. This weekend’s set is against Binghamton, a team that is as desperate as the Admirals for wins and points. Danis will get a good test and the Ads need to take advantage of a division opponent for points.