Florida returned a familiar face on the opening day of free agency, agreeing to terms with Russian forward Evgeni Dadonov.
Dadonov was taken by the Panthers at the 2007 draft and appeared in 55 games for the club before leaving for the KHL.
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“We are thrilled welcome Evgeny back to South Florida,” said [Florida GM Dale] Tallon. “He is an exciting, talented forward who fits well with our core group. We are pleased that Evgeny has chosen to continue his NHL career as Panther.”
Dadonov, 28, recorded 66 points (30-36-66) in 53 regular season games with St. Petersburg SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League and posted 19 points (9-10-19) in 18 postseason games to win the Gagarin Cup. Dadonov finished the KHL season ranking fourth in goals and fifth in points.
Per TSN, it’s believed to be a $12 million deal with a $4 million average annual cap hit.
Just over a month ago, reports surfaced that Vegas had interest in Dadonov. That would’ve been quite an addition for the Golden Knights, who have already signed his St. Petersburg SKA teammate, Vadim Shipachyov, to a two-year, $9 million deal this offseason.
The Florida Panthers lost Jonathan Marchessault in the expansion draft. It appears, however, they may have acquired another potential scoring forward through free agency.
According to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel, the Panthers have agreed on a deal for KHL scorer Evgeny Dadonov, who had 30 goals and 66 points in 53 games for St. Petersburg SKA this past season.
It was believed Dadonov would actually join the Vegas Golden Knights, especially after that club signed his St. Petersburg teammate Vadim Shipachyov.
The Panthers initially selected Dadonov in the third round of the 2007 NHL Draft. He appeared in 55 games for Florida from 2010 to 2012, scoring a total of 10 goals and 20 points.
Teams are allowed to talk with pending unrestricted free agents, however nothing can be signed and made official until tomorrow.
As the Golden Knights continue to work at the expansion draft, Vegas may also be getting closer to bringing in another KHL scorer.
According to KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins, it appears the Golden Knights and Evgeny Dadonov have resumed contract talks, and it is likely the 28-year-old forward will play in Vegas next season.
Just over a month ago, reports surfaced that Vegas had interest in Dadonov. That would be quite an addition for the Golden Knights, who have already signed his St. Petersburg SKA teammate Vadim Shipachyov to a two-year, $9 million deal this offseason.
A third-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2007, Dadonov has spent time in the NHL and AHL, playing a total of 55 games for the Panthers, before he left for Europe for the 2012-13 season.
He has since gone on to light up the KHL, with 30 goals and 66 points in 53 games last season, finishing fifth in the league in overall scoring, as both he and Shipachyov were among the top point producers on a loaded St. Petersburg squad.
The Golden Knights will reveal their roster from the expansion draft on Wednesday. General manager George McPhee has a variety of different options at all positions, but he also has the power to make trades with other NHL clubs in order for those teams to not lose certain players from their unprotected lists.
McPhee said that Monday is the last day to make trades with Vegas. Of course, going beyond the NHL to help build his roster for next season and beyond could be a beneficial move, too.
The Vegas Golden Knights have signed another player.
There were reports Thursday that the Golden Knights have signed free agent forward Tomas Hyka, a former L.A. Kings sixth-round draft pick from 2012. The entry-level deal has since been announced by the club.
Hyka has spent the last three seasons in the Czech Republic, playing for Mlada Boleslav BK. He had 17 goals and 38 points in 48 games last season, reaching single-season career highs for games played, goals, assists and points while playing in that league.
The next few weeks are critical to the Golden Knights, with the expansion draft quickly approaching. On Thursday, the league released a long list of important dates for the new franchise between now and the expansion draft on June 21.
There could be some big news for the Golden Knights prior to their draft, with reports Vegas and the Blackhawks could strike a significant deal before that date.
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