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RFA Marko Dano Agrees to Terms With Winnipeg

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Terrence Lee

Winnipeg Jets’ General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff can finally rest easy. After five of his restricted free agents filed for arbitration in early July, the daunting task of signing all his players within a restricted timeframe became that much more difficult. 

RFA Marko Dano Agrees to Terms With Winnipeg

After agreeing to terms with breakout star netminder Connor Hellebuyck on a six-year deal, Chevy locked up grinder Adam Lowry to a three-year deal. Jacob Trouba then fulfilled his arbitration right and took the management team to Toronto for a hearing with an independent arbitrator. 

The 24-year-old defenceman was awarded a one-year contract – which the Jets accepted – who then remained busy, locking down arbitration-bound forward Brandon Tanev to another one-year deal. Shortly after signing defenceman Tucker Poolman to a three-year contract, Winnipeg announced on Tuesday that the team had signed its final player with a pending arbitration hearing, Marko Dano, to a one-year contract worth $800K. 

Dano, now 23, has spent the past three seasons within the Jets’ organization, used sparingly as a depth option upon injury to a regular forward or two. Beginning his career with Columbus (the team that drafted him 27th overall in 2013), Dano had his most productive campaign with eight goals and 21 points in 35 games. He was then dealt to Chicago as a part of the Brandon Saad trade, where he collected two points in 13 contests for the Red Wings.

As a part of the return for former Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg picked up the young Austrian, but has yet to see the kind of successful point production he found in Ohio. 

In 82 career games with the Jets, Dano has found the net 10 times, adding 12 assists for 22 points. His two goals and one assist in 2017-18 were the worst numbers of his career, thus contributing to the fact that he will be making $50K less in 2018-19 than he had in his previous contract. 

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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