The Golden Knights will likely be calling on goaltender Oscar Dansk to serve as one of their extra goaltenders for the playoffs. They’ll be calling on him for next year as well as the team announced that they’ve signed him to a one-year contract extension. He gets a two-way deal that pays the league minimum of $700K at the NHL level.
The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2019-20 season with AHL Chicago where he posted a 18-12-4 record with a 2.57 GAA and a .908 SV% in 35 games. He also made one start with Vegas which didn’t go particularly well as he allowed six goals on 37 shots in a loss to Philadelphia back in October. However, his first NHL action went much better as he won all three of his starts in the 2017-18 campaign while collecting a .946 SV% and a shutout.
Dansk was eligible to become a Group VI unrestricted free agent this offseason but has passed up on that to remain in Vegas. Garret Sparks, their third-string goalie, is also eligible for unrestricted free agency and this move may be a signal that he won’t be returning as prospect Dylan Ferguson will be looking to make the jump to a full-time AHL role after spending the majority of this season with ECHL Fort Wayne. That would allow Dansk to move up a notch on the depth chart and with Robin Lehner unlikely to return as the backup in Vegas for next season, he becomes a candidate to be Marc-Andre Fleury’s understudy if their salary cap situation forces them to go with a low-cost backup.