It’s been almost 48 hours since the Golden Knights front office attempted to trade forward Evgenii Dadonov. While we wait for the league’s decision the coverage and speculation has been non-stop across the US and Canada.
You tell me how the NHL can do anything except void this trade. This is not on Ottawa. The Ottawa Senators right now should be telling the NHL, Anaheim and Vegas, scram. –Nick Kypreos on Sportsnet 590
Like all of us, pundits are puzzled as to how the deal was approved and how widely available trade protection information was missed by the NHL and the Golden Knights.
Vegas is saying that when they made the trade with Ottawa there was no trade list submitted. They had no idea that he had a no trade list. How is it possible in today’s age? You can click on CapFriendly and come up with every trade protection to every player in the NHL, yet the NHL and Vegas Golden Knights didn’t know. There’s a lot of finger pointing right now. This deal could get voided. –Darren Dreger on TSN Toronto
The deal in itself makes sense. Vegas would gain cap relief and have room to activate Mark Stone off LTIR. There is also an argument to be made that Dadonov’s depth scoring may have come in handy in the playoffs. Also, that Stone might not be fully healthy or as effective as he can be.
If this trade doesn’t go through it’s going to be extremely difficult for them to activate some of the players they have on LTIR. I do think it’s possible that another team, like Arizona, would step forward and say ‘if you’re willing to give us an incentive we can potentially help you out here.’ I’m asking people that are smarter than me to do the math and they’re telling me that they don’t see without this deal happening that Vegas can activate some of its players. -Elliotte Friedman on NHL Network
It has to be frustrating for Vegas’ front office. The NHL is carefully working on a solution all the while the Golden Knights regular season continues without either Dadonov or Stone in their lineup. Not only that, management has to be prepared if the trade is voided. Will they throw extra incentives for another team’s assistance? They’re not in an envious position.
I do believe that Dadonov and his agent did file a list on time. I’ve had multiple people that’s accurate. There’s also a confirmation email out there. How did this trade get approved? They are not filed with central registry. Each team keeps a hold of them. I’ve now been told that it was filed properly and it was acknowledged. –Dreger on TSN Toronto
Even legendary hockey reporter Bob McKenzie came out of retirement to pile on Vegas’ latest snafu.
Every year it’s ‘we’re going for it, we’re going for it’ and that quest to go for it means they’ve had to make a whole bunch of decisions. Get rid of this guy, bring in Pietrangelo. Get rid of that guy, bring in Eichel. They keep going further down that road and they’re starting to be like every other team in the National Hockey League. Bad contracts and bad deals.-Bob McKenzie on TSN Toronto
Let’s be honest, most of this could have been avoided. Vegas’ front office have been a little cavalier with the $81.5M cap space the league allows them. Looking back, they probably didn’t need to acquire a 33 year-old with trade limitations.
And when it gets voided, man does that complicates things for the Vegas Golden Knights. They’re going to have significant cap issues. It’s not like the NHL and Player’s Association are the only two sides who are invested in this. You don’t think Dallas is paying attention? Or Nashville, Vancouver? –Dreger on TSN Toronto
Dadonov has scored 15 goals this season but he’s averaging his second lowest points per game in five seasons. The deal was unnecessary. Especially, if they had their eyes on Jack Eichel, whom had already requested a trade.
We’ve got the general manager’s meetings coming up in a week. Without question, this is going to be one of the primary discussions. –Dreger on TSN Toronto
Let’s hope the league has a resolution today so the organization can prepare for the next chapter.