Goaltender Danny Taylor signed a two-year deal with Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League this week, ending his time with the Calgary Flames organization. He had spent two seasons with the team, but din’t get a shot at NHL action until this season. He appeared in two games, but as a pending free agent was told the Flames had no interest in a deal next season. Reto Berra, Joni Ortio, Karri Ramo and Laurent Brossoit are apparently all potential candidates to play in tandem with Joey MacDonald next season, leaving no room for Taylor.
The lack of interest from the Flames had to be disappointing for Taylor, who has been stellar in the AHL the past two seasons. The 2011-12 season saw him go 17-10-3 with a 2.21 goals-against average, outperforming top prospect Leland Irving. This season he was even better, posting an 18-10-2 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and three shutouts. That led to his first chance at action with the Flames when Miikka Kiprusoff went down with a groin injury, but that opportunity proved to be short-lived when the team signed MacDonald. Taylor was able to record his first career win and went 1-1 in his two appearances with a 3.00 goals-against average. After two seasons of consistent play, the AHL veteran had to think he might finally have a shot, but the Flames apparently don’t agree. Ironically, MacDonald found himself in a similar position last season when the Detroit Red Wings signed Jonas Gustavsson and left him as the odd man out. Taylor now gets to make more than he has before while playing overseas and working his way back to the NHL. If his perseverance in working to get back there after first seeing action with the Los Angeles Kings five seasons ago is any indication, his time in the league may not be over yet.