Habs sign four in preparation for new hockey season

Montreal Canadiens were busy yesterday signing a number of players familiar to Hamilton Bulldogs fans.

Goalie Yann Danis, forward Duncan Milroy, defenseman Andrew Archer, and free-agent defencemen Dan Jancevski inked two-way American Hockey League / National Hockey League contracts for the new season.

Last season, Danis, 25, played with the Bulldogs and the Canadiens. With Montreal, Danis, a 6’0”, 181-pound-goaltender, posted a record of three wins and two losses in six games, a 2.69 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage. His most notable effort came on Oct. 12, in Atlanta against the Thrashers. He became the third goaltender in Canadiens’ history, and the 16th in NHL history, to register a shutout in his first ever game in the NHL.

With the Bulldogs, Danis, a native of Lafontaine, Quebec, played in 39 games and had 17 wins, 17 losses and three overtime losses. He completed the season with a 2.97 GAA and .902 save percentage. He signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on March 19, 2004.

Milroy, 23, played in 77 games with the Bulldogs last season and had 35 points, including 16 goals, with 63 penalty minutes. In three full seasons with the Bulldogs, Milroy, a 6’1”, 204-pound right-winger, scored 35 goals and added 47 assists for a total of 82 points in 203 games. Milroy, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, was the Canadiens’ 2nd round pick, 37th overall, in 2001.

Archer, 23, totaled three assists and 62 penalty minutes in 42 games with Hamilton in 2005-2006. The 6’04’’, 212-pound defenseman missed about half of the season due to injury. In three full terms with the Bulldogs, Archer scored one goal and added 14 assists for 15 points and 197 penalty minutes in 140 games. The native of Calgary was the Canadiens’ 7th round pick, 203rd overall, in 2001.

Jancevski, 25, played in 77 games with the Iowa Stars of the AHL and collected 38 points, including nine goals, and 91 penalty minutes. The 6’03’’, 212-pound defenseman also took part in two games with the Dallas Stars, without getting any points.

In 2004-2005, Jancevski, a native of Windsor, Ontario, played for the Bulldogs, where he registered six goals and added 20 assists for a total of 26 points, and 163 penalty minutes. He played his junior hockey in the OHL with the London Knights and the Sudbury Wolves, between 1998 and 2001, and was the Stars’ second round pick, 66th overall, in 1999.