Edited Jul. 28, 2021 at 1:10 p.m.
I'm going to try to break this down in the most comprehensive and most objective way possible.
Hockey side of the trade: Fair Deal
1. As a top 6 forward on the wrong side of 30, Evgeni Dadonov can still score goals in bunches.
2. However, he was never a good fit in Ottawa.
3. He could be a good fit in Vegas if he has the same success there as he did with Huberdeau and Barkov in Florida. That's a big if.
4. What Ottawa gets back in return is a veteran defenceman who can succeed when given the chance, like he did in the playoffs with Vegas.
5. Ottawa also gets back a 3rd round pick.
6. When I made posts about trading Dadonov to other teams, I had Ottawa receiving what San Jose got for Mike Hoffman basically.
7. The 3rd round pick cancels out the 4th and 5th round picks in the Hoffman trade.
8. Holden was traded for the equivalent of a 2nd round pick 3 years ago when he was a pending UFA.
9. Florida received a 7th round pick for taking on Hoffman while Vegas isn't receiving anything for taking on Dadonov.
10. Dadonov was a former 3rd round pick himself, so one could argue that Dadonov for a 3rd round pick straight up would be fair.
Money side of the trade: Big win for Ottawa
1. Vegas is taking on Dadonov's full cap hit of 5 million and Ottawa is not retaining any salary.
2. Vegas will need to pay Dadonov 5 million this season and 6.5 million next season.
3. Ottawa only needs to pay Holden 1.4 million before he becomes a UFA this season.
4. Ottawa can trade Holden anywhere while there are 10 teams to where you can't trade Dadonov.
5. Vegas has replaced most of Fleury's cap hit with Dadonov's.
6. Dadonov is now an obstacle to acquire Eichel.
I voted for the Ottawa Senators