In a fitting bookend to a deal that the Vegas Golden Knights thought they had at the trade deadline, Evgenii Dadonov has finally been traded from the VGK. Of course, it was to a different team this time and that’s why the deal happened. Better late than never I guess.
As you may recall, Evgenii Dadonov was originally traded to the Golden Knights in late July 2021 in exchange for a 2022 second round pick and defenseman Nick Holden. He had originally signed a three-year deal with Ottawa in 2020, a deal which included a limited no-trade clause (NTC) that disallowed trades to 10 teams of the players’ choice, a NTC which we will come back to. Vegas then decided to deal Dadonov for recently traded from Boston John Moore and the LTIRetired contract of Ryan Kesler; Vegas was severely above the cap limit after trading for Jack Eichel and hoped to balance some books that way. The deal was nullified by the league office after it found that the deal violated Dadonov’s limited NTC, a NTC that Vegas claimed was not forwarded to them at the trade of his 2021 trade. This was a confusing mess and pretty hilarious to be honest.
Well, Evgenii Dadonov has been officially traded by the Golden Knights to a team that wasn’t on his no-trade list: the Montreal Canadiens. The Golden Knights took back the contract of the all-but-retired Shea Weber.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) June 16, 2022
Looking at Weber’s contract, it’s easy to see why he isn’t going to even come back from his injuries that he tried to play through (thumb, knee, and ankles) and that were reportedly so painful that required a lot of pain management therapy to even practice. He signed a 14-year contract in 2012 before that term length was outlawed by the league. Weber received $68 million of his $110 million in the first 6 seasons. Starting this year, he’s making $3 million or less per year. It’s just not worth playing through the pain for so little.
But, he can still be useful to the tune of $7,857,143 in cap relief for the Golden Knights as of October 10th, 2022.
As for the Ducks who missed out on the original trade, they checked in to see if was real.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) June 16, 2022