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Dano Back to Winnipeg? Jets Outdoors in Saskatchewan?

By Carter Brooks

Photo by James Carey Lauder

On Thursday morning it was announced that the Colorado Avalanche had placed former Winnipeg Jets forward Marko Dano on Waivers. 

Dano Back to Winnipeg? Jets Outdoors in Saskatchewan?

After being picked up from Winnipeg through the Waiver Wire on October 15th, Dano dressed in eight games for Colorado, collecting seven penalty minutes, zero points, three shots on goal and a -1 rating in an average of roughly 7:18 of ice time for the Avs. 

With a handful of regulars now back to full health in Colorado, the Avalanche placed the disgruntled winger on Waivers Thursday – along with Josh Brown of Florida – with hopes of having the 23-year-old pass through unclaimed to provided some assistance to their AHL club. 

Although already having waived the young forward, Winnipeg may take another go at the Czech native as Kristian Vesalainen intends on returning to his native Finland sooner, rather than later. Dano was a key cog in the Andrew Ladd/Chicago Blackhawks trade back in February of 2016. 

Beginning his career in Columbus, Dano put up eight goals and 21 points in 35 games with the Blue Jackets, before finding himself buried deep on a Chicago squad that saw him only register two points in 13 games before being dealt to Winnipeg. With the Jets, Dano has 10 goals and 23 points in 82 career games. 

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Winnipeg Jets are rumoured to be in conversation with the NHL for an upcoming Heritage Classic game from Mosaic Stadium in Regina, SK. Although originally reported in 2017-18, the ownership team at Mosaic Stadium has been pressuring the league for the opportunity to host a “true Canadian outdoor battle” in Saskatchewan for a number of years.

With the Roughriders’ newly designed facility, that dream may quickly become a reality. Now featuring a 33,350 capacity (expandable to 40,000) the open-air stadium could be the perfect venue for an outdoor contest between Manitoban and Albertan rivals. Nestled right between the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, rumours of the upcoming Heritage Classic will certainly be something to keep an eye on. 

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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