Blue Jackets Sign Marko Dano to 1-Year, Two-Way Contract

By Jacob Nitzberg on August 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm
Nov 1, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche center Marko Dano (56) skates against the Calgary Flames during the warmup period at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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Today, the Blue Jackets announced the signing of F Marko Dano to a one-year, two-way deal. 

Dano most recently played for the Colorado Avalanche, and did not register a point in eight games. In 138 career NHL games, he's notched 19 goals and 26 assists for a total of 45 points.

In 2014-15, Dano registered eight goals and 13 assists in 35 games with the Blue Jackets before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks mid-season as part of the package that saw the Blue Jackets acquire Brandon Saad.

He was the Blue Jackets first-round selection in the 2013 NHL draft.

"It feels like I'm coming home," said Dano. "I'm happy to be back and ready for this opportunity and hopefully it's going to work out...I'm just excited to be back."

Dano struggled to get the same ice time elsewhere, and make the same impact that he did in Columbus, bouncing around to several teams. He's only 24, however, and he'll have an opportunity to make the NHL club. If he doesn't, he's a proven scorer at the AHL level (12-18-30 last year with Manitoba, the Winnipeg Jets' affiliate).

"I'm going to come to camp ready to work, and hopefully I can start where I left off," he said. "It's going to be great to be back."

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