Joined: Jul. 2021
This trade doesn't make sense to me, especially for Vegas. For Ottawa it looks like a salary dump for a team that doesn't need to dump salary, though at least they got some useful assets in return, so it could be good for them. Holden won't be around when their rebuild starts to bear fruit, but he's still a good player and he might be able to mentor their younger defensemen.
I didn't see the Sens enough this season to know if there were extenuating circumstances contributing to Dadonov's bad numbers or if he just proved that he's only as good as his linemates, but I suspect it's the latter. Before last season Ottawa let Anthony Duclair go and brought in Dadonov as a UFA. Duclair took Dadonov's spot in Florida and put up better points-per-game numbers than Dadonov had in that position while Dadonov's numbers in Ottawa weren't anywhere close to what Duclair had done there. Considering that Ottawa didn't think Duclair was good enough to qualify for under $2M, that doesn't look good on Dadonov. Ottawa must have reached the same conclusion because even after signing Tkachuk and Batherson they would have had more than enough cap space to keep Dadonov and give him another chance. So why did Vegas want him? That's the part that really has me baffled. Their only weak spot appears to be at center, but Dadonov is strictly a winger, and as far as I know they don't have another top 6 winger they could move to center to create a spot for Dadonov. So why would a team who always seems to be trying to free up cap space to go after the next big name available take on a $5M cap hit for a guy who doesn't address their biggest need, doesn't seem to be good enough to play in their top 6 and hasn't shown any ability to succeed in a lesser role? I don't get it. I suppose you could argue that Pacioretty was coming off a bad season when they acquired him, and that worked out pretty well for them, but I don't think Dadonov is in the same class as Pacioretty.