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Could Evgenii Dadonov play alongside the Suzuki-Caufield duo next year?

Last Thursday, the CH surprised many of its supporters by announcing that (the contract of) Shea Weber had finally been exchanged. However, it was not the fact that Weber’s (contract) left that surprised us, but the fact that he was traded to Vegas rather than to a team that needed this. cap hit to reach the salary floor.

The Coyotes, not to name them.

And in return, Kent Hughes acquired Evgenii Dadonov, whom the Golden Knights wanted to get rid of to meet the salary cap. They had tried to do it at the last trade deadline, but this crazy story will be remembered in connection with an aborted trade with the Ducks.

I had also written a text on a potential Weber-Dadonov transaction last March (which has aged quite well, obviously).

Following the transaction, I chatted with colleague Marc-Olivier Cook about it, and the latter raised the idea of ​​seeing Dadonov alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield next year. And today, Marc-Antoine Godin ofAthletic Montreal also raised this scenario in his paper on the newcomer to CH.

And the more I think about itthe more this scenario makes sense to me.

Consider the current situation of CH: the team has just started a reconstruction and, as it says itself, making the playoffs in 2022-23 is a rather unlikely scenario. The next season will be more focused on the development of young players rather than on winning at all costs (although the team still hopes to win some games, of course).

So a guy like Dadonov, who is in his last year of contract, could very well become a good bargaining chip at the next trade deadline. The CH will have the luxury of withholding 50% of his salary, and if he plays good hockey in the first months of the season, a $2.5 million Dadonov cap hit becomes interesting.

He probably won’t net a first-choice, but if CH get anything, that’ll be a good thing considering they swapped Weber’s hefty contract for Dadonov.

However, if the CH wants to maximize the value he will get for Dadonov, he will have to highlight him (or in the showcase, if you like better). And since the Russian striker isn’t exactly a Selke Trophy contender, his market value will come down to a big points haul.

You see what I mean?

By putting Dadonov alongside Caufield and Suzuki, the team puts the odds in its favor to see him produce. We must not forget that Dadonov is not exactly a two in spades offensively: the guy is capable of scoring, and if he plays alongside the two youngsters, his offensive punch will allow him to follow them ( in the opposing zone, at least).

Even for the two youngsters, playing alongside a guy like Dadonov could be a good thing. It would take some pressure off them in the offensive zone (a guy like Dadonov is more threatening than a Joel Armia, for example, and the other teams know that) and they would have an experienced veteran on their side.

Otherwise, in the event that the CH decides on Shane Wright, Dadonov could then be transferred to him to offer him a good veteran capable of offering good offensive play. However, I see more guys like Mike Hoffman and Brendan Gallagher playing alongside Wright.

In short, a scenario to consider, and the text of the excellent Marc-Antoine Godin (which I give you HERE) paints a good portrait of what Dadonov could bring to CH both on the ice and in a possible transaction.

Can’t wait to see where we’ll play him.

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