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Not Done Yet: Golden Knights Trade for Dadonov Halted by NHL

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The Vegas Golden Knights have attempted to traded forward Evgenii Dadonov and a 2024 2nd round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman John Moore and the contract of Ryan Kesler. If Kesler is placed on LTIR and Moore is sent to the minors this frees up around $3.375 in cap space for the VGK.

Why the Holdup?

But the deal has not been officially made yet as an issue regarding the modified no-movement clause of Dadonov has arisen. The Golden Knights did not receive a 10-team no-trade list from Dadonov and his camp after they acquired him in the offseason on July 28th. It is possible that the Ottawa Senators, Dadonov’s team prior to coming to the Golden Knights, received the 10-team no-trade list instead.

The matter is currently being resolved by the NHL and the NHLPA and is officially a league issue per Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman.

It is believed that this issue has been brought to life by Dadonov’s camp as the Anaheim Ducks were likely one of the ten teams he had wished not to be traded to.

One thing is for sure though, the deal was made by the 12:00 pm NHL Trade Deadline on Monday.

Stay tuned for more updates on this ongoing story as the Golden Knights will look to get this deal worked out. Best of wishes to Evgenii Dadonov, where ever he ends up.

What Did the Golden Knights Get?

Both John Moore and the contract of former NHL’er Ryan Kesler come to the Vegas Golden Knights. Technically, the Golden Knights are adding salary but Kesler and his $6.875 million contract will be placed on LTIR for cap relief as soon as McCrimmon gets the chance to do so. Kesler’s contract ends this offseason.

Moore, who came to the Ducks in the Hampus Lindholm trade is currently injured. Per McCrimmon, he will stay in his home in Boston for the time being. It is unknown what the Golden Knight’s plans are for Moore but there are essentially three options 1) place him on LTIR 2) send him to the AHL or 3) play him.

This season the 31-year old defenseman has played in seven games and has one assist. He has played over 540 games in the NHL the Golden Knights will be his sixth NHL team.

Dadonov was acquired by the Golden Knights in the offseason from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Nick Holden and a 2022 3rd round pick. He played 62 games with the Golden Knights this season, scoring 15 goals, 12 assists, and 27 points.

Consistency seemed to be the biggest issue for Dadonov who went 14 games in late January and early February without scoring a point. But Dadonov has picked up his scoring as of late with five goals in his last seven games.

Dadonov’s cap hit is that of $5 million and has another year on it before it expires. Despite the surprising season they are having, the Ducks were sellers at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline. General manager Pat Verbeek was very busy trading Josh Manson, Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm, and Nicolaus Deslauriers.

Laundry List of Injuries

For the Golden Knights, the only move they made at the deadline was the Dadonov trade. According to general manager Kelly McCrimmon, he expects both Alec Martinez and Mark Stone to return to the Golden Knights before the regular season is over. Those will be huge additions in themselves.

In the meantime, Brayden Pachal, Jake Leschyshyn, Paul Cotter, Zack Hayes, Jonas Rondbjerg, Logan Thompson, and Daniil Miromanov have all been called up from the Henderson Silver Knights.

The Golden Knights, if you count Kesler and Moore, are missing the following players: Ryan Kesler (OUT), John Moore (upper-body), Alec Martinez (face), Mark Stone (back), Brayden McNabb (hand), Reilly Smith (knee), Robin Lehner (lower-body), Max Pacioretty (unknown), Nicolas Hague (unknown), Michael Amadio (COVID), and Zach Whitecloud (COVID).

The team finished up a brief two-game road trip Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets at 5:00 pm.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas Hockey Now and writes for the Boulder City Review-Journal. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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