He’s not the most popular player but last night even the most critical Golden Knights fans had to feel happy for Evgenii Dadonov. In his first game “back” the 33-year-old forward scored Vegas’ third goal of the game and is now tied for the second most on the team.
Dadonov began a flurry of three total Golden Knights power play goals. The crowd roared when #63 backhanded a loose rebound into the net and his teammates wrapped him in a tight group hug on the ice.
I felt that support from the stands. Probably pumped me up even more. I always loved playing here… Great experience playing here in front of this crowd. Still think it’s the best fans in the league. -Dadonov
In the end the trade was voided and Dadonov is back in line with the rest of his Vegas teammates. However, this messy deadline incident will not go away. Player protection clarity will be a future topic of conversation with league officials. The NHL never wants this to never happen again.
I think there’s going to be some fallout. They are going to be talking about this at the GM meetings. A no-trade list is submitted solely between a player agent and the club. The league does not keep track of no trade list, the NHLPA doesn’t. Which by the way, is crazy. –Pierre LeBrun on TSN
Clearly, there were miscommunications from several parties and it wasn’t the league’s finest moment. On a spotlight day like the NHL trade deadline the eventually voided Dadonov deal led headlines. The league would rather make player protection awareness a more streamlined and transparent process.
I think the NHL is going to push for a change where the league, Central Registry, maybe the PA, gets a copy of these no-trade lists. That makes sense. –LeBrun on TSN
Back to the scratched deal, it puts the Golden Knights in yet another cap conundrum. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman wonders if Vegas isn’t done dealing. Possibly with Dadonov again in the mix.
Not sure Vegas will be as interested in Bryan Little’s contract (or Shea Weber’s) as it was in Ryan Kesler’s. Kesler is in the final year of his contract, and, if you can, you want to avoid being committed to LTIR for a long time. Little has two more years and Weber four. But, if the Knights want to bribe someone to acquire Dadonov to activate, say, Alec Martinez, there will be interest. Arizona will make itself available, assuming the Coyotes are not blocked from trading for him. Another possibility is Seattle. The Kraken have a ton of cap room, and will be searching for offense. –Elliotte Friedman in 32 Thoughts
Friedman relayed a story about a current Golden Knights scout that went through the same type of stress and uncertainty as Dadonov did this week.
The Dadonov situation must bring back night sweats for Kelly Kisio, a pro scout for the Golden Knights. In 1992, he was to be traded from San Jose to Chicago, but a fax machine did not connect and the move eventually was blocked. (Hat tip: Drew Remenda.) Kisio had a good NHL career, 658 points in 761 games. –Friedman, 32 Thoughts
Not only will GMs rework plans to avoid future no-trade list dilemmas but they will address a question of competitive imbalance.
GM’s are meeting next week and what were being told according to sources there will be a conversation between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the GMs about whether or not to extend the salary cap into the playoffs. There is no cap in the playoffs and it’s been controversial. This is going to be an interesting discussion. I’m told there’s a group of GMs that’s been talking about this for a month and they went to the league and asked ‘can we talk about this?’ –LeBrun on TSN
Many accused the Golden Knights of trying to beat the system but there’s a feeling it’s become rampant amongst contenders. However, when you add up Vegas’ man games lost, the attempt of imbalance will likely not matter in the end. When this season concludes, it’ll always be remembered as a season full of bad luck. Injuries, cap trouble, voided trades. It’s been one event after another and the league is taking notes.