Golden Knights’ Trade of Evgenii Dadonov Up in Limbo

Source: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

The NHL trade deadline on March 21 was a relatively quiet one in terms of transactions for the Vegas Golden Knights. With that being said, they are being talked about more than any other team in the league right now. The reason for that is due to the pending trade of Evgenii Dadonov that is still being reviewed by the NHL.

Minutes before the deadline came to an end, it was reported that the Golden Knights had traded Dadonov and a conditional second-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks. It was expected that coming the other way would be John Moore, as well as the contract of retired forward Ryan Kesler.

Shortly after the deal was completed, several reports indicated that there was a hold up. As it turns out, Dadonov has a 10-team no trade clause in his contract, and the Ducks were one of the 10 teams on that list. That list was reportedly made by Dadonov prior to being traded by the Ottawa Senators this summer, and was said to be properly filed. However, the Golden Knights are claiming they never received said list from the Senators, and therefore were not aware of the situation.

This has created a very odd scenario, and one that may not be resolved right away. For the time being, both Evgenii Dadonov and Moore are awaiting a decision from the NHL as to whether or not the trade will go through. The Golden Knights will certainly be hoping it does, as they need Dadonov’s $5 million cap hit off the books in order to activate defenseman Alec Martinez from long-term injured reserve. Expect to hear more on this situation in the coming days.

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