The Winnipeg Jets’ long-lasting love affair with six-foot, 215-pound forward Marko Dano has resurfaced. On Thursday morning, the team announced yet another rekindling, via a one-year, two-way contract, beginning for the 2020-21 NHL season. With the Jets, the 25-year-old would make $700K, while with the Moose, it would be significantly less.
‘With the Moose’ is probably the important part of the conversation here. Dano, has failed to stick within the NHL for the majority of his career. Although bursting onto the scene in Columbus as a highly productive rookie in 2014-15 (eight goals, 21 points in 35 games), he was then dealt to Chicago for the 2015-16 season, where he managed just one goal and two points.
Dano was considered a significant piece in Chicago’s return to Winnipeg on the Andrew Ladd deal, where Dano finished the 2015-16 season with four goals and eight points in 21 games with the Jets. The following season, he put up four goals and 11 points in 38 games, before scoring twice and adding an assist in 23 games in 2017-18.
He was cut by Winnipeg and joined the Colorado Avalanche for eight games in 2018-19. He failed to register a point. He was placed on Waivers and subsequently picked back up by Winnipeg to finish off the 2018-19 season. 2019-20 saw Dano back with Columbus, where he skated in three games, earning one penalty.
Throughout the duration of his time with Chicago, Winnipeg, Colorado and Columbus, Dano has been a mainstay within the American Hockey League. Suiting up for the Springfield Falcons, Rockford IceHogs, Cleveland Monsters and Manitoba Moose, the former 27th overall draft selection has 33 goals, 99 points and 243 penalty minutes in 186 games over six different seasons.
He will look to provide depth for the Moose in Manitoba, while working his way to a call-up with the big club. Over the past four seasons in Winnipeg, Dano has been in the Jets’ lineup 21, 38, 23 and 0 times respectively. In those 82 games, he has 10 goals and 22 points.