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The Golden Knights have made a salary cap-related trade acquiring AHL defenseman Dysin Mayo from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 5th round pick and the contract of injured defenseman Shea Weber.

The trade has very little impact on this season for the Vegas Golden Knights. The player they acquired is a depth defenseman in the AHL that is unlikely to figure into the NHL club. His expensive AHL contract is more likely the reason the Golden Knights acquired him, or more so, why the Coyotes wanted to get rid of him.

Mayo signed a three-year one-way contract worth $2.85 million. He’s owed $1 million per season each of the next two years whether he’s in the NHL or AHL.

As for the contract of Shea Weber, the Golden Knights acquire a bit of flexibility in no longer having his nearly $8 million salary cap on their books. However, because Weber is not expected to play again, that money was being offset using long-term injured reserve.

With other players currently on LTIR for the Golden Knights (Stone, Lehner, Patrick) getting rid of Weber’s contract does not have any impact on the useable salary cap this season. Where it does help is next season. Keeping Weber would have guaranteed Vegas would start the season using LTIR. This comes with a few drawbacks (read about them here).

For Arizona, Weber’s contract counts to help them reach the salary cap floor.

Giving up a 5th round pick leaves the Golden Knights with five picks in the 2023 Draft. They still own their 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 7th, and acquired an additional 3rd from Buffalo in the Jack Eichel trade.

How Shea Weber’s Salary Will Impact The Golden Knights

If you’re asking yourself, why did the Golden Knights just trade for a 36-year-old defenseman who has a massive cap hit of $7.85 million per year, missed the entire 2021-22 season, and is not expected to ever play another game in the NHL, don’t worry, you aren’t alone.

The simple answer is Shea Weber’s salary will be placed on LTIR and won’t count against the cap the same way a healthy does. Thus they were able to shed Evgenii Dadonov’s contract and now have $5 million of salary cap space in which to use. And they did it without even having to trade a pick like they did in that horrible deadline deal that got reverted!

While all of that is true, it’s unfortunately not quite that simple, and it’s definitely not as much of a slam dunk as many are making it out to be for the Golden Knights.

Yes, the Golden Knights did just create $5 million more of cap space. This will help to sign free agents like Nic Roy, Nic Hague, Keegan Kolesar, Reilly Smith and/or Mattias Janmark. That portion of it is great.

However, it comes with a bit of a price.

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The first part is easy to understand, they don’t have Dadonov anymore. Like him or not as a player, he did score 20 goals, register 23 assists, and account for 4.2 point shares while being named the Golden Knights’ First Star for accumulating the most “points” from the three stars in VGK home games. He’s gone, and the Golden Knights did not get anything they can use on the ice in return.

The second part is one that doesn’t really matter all but one person, but it does exist. Weber’s contract still has $6 million in actual salary that has to be paid out. There is not an insurance policy on it, so The Creator will have to cut him a check for $3 million this season, and then $1 million each of the following three. Luckily, I think he’s good for it.

EDIT: Recent reports indicate that there is indeed an insurance policy on the contract, which will pay out some, if not all, of the $6 million owed.

The last part is a lot more complicated. It has to do with the fact that the Golden Knights will now operate over the salary cap for the next four seasons with the assistance of LTIR. That has its drawbacks, and while they won’t appear significant now, they could be in the future.

There are four main detriments that a team faces when they use LTIR. (I don’t expect you to understand what any of them mean, heck you can probably even skip over them because I’m about to explain how each works.)

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(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Golden Knights have agreed to send forward Evgenii Dadonov to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the contract of injured defenseman Shea Weber.

Weber fought through multiple injuries in 2020-21 leading him to miss the entirety of the 2021-22 season. He is not expected to ever be healthy enough to play again.

Thus, Weber’s salary of $7.85 million which was acquired by the Golden Knights will be placed on long-term injured reserve. (This means a few things for VGK of which we will explain in an upcoming article.) The contract runs through 2025-26, or the next four seasons.

In exchange, the Golden Knights clear $5 million of (more useable) cap space by shedding Evgenii Dadonov.

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