The Anaheim Ducks got the last laugh at the expense of the Golden Knights after their trade with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Vegas Golden Knights traded Evgenii Dadonov to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber’s contract, but that wasn’t the most shocking thing to come from this trade. The Ducks decided they would take one final jab at the Golden Knights after announcing their trade with the Canadiens, after their initial trade for Dadonov was voided a few months ago due to an oversight from Vegas.
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Right before the NHL Trade Deadline, Dadonov had been traded to the Ducks for defenseman John Moore, forward Ryan Kesler and a conditional second-round pick in the 2023 or 2024 NHL Draft. Unfortunately for the Golden Knights, they had failed to double-check Dadonov’s No-Trade List, which included Anaheim as a destination he would refuse a trade to. When Dadonov signed his three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators in the summer of 2020, he had them include a No Trade Clause (NTC) in the contract, allowing Dadonov to submit a list of ten teams he would not like to be traded to.
The Golden Knights claimed they had never received Dadonov’s list after they had acquired him from the Senators on July 28, 2021, but Ottawa confirmed that they had indeed provided Vegas with the necessary information and that this was simply an oversight on the Golden Knight’s part. The trade with the Anaheim Ducks was then voided, and Dadonov remained a member of the Vegas Golden Knights for the remainder of the season, despite what must have been an incredibly awkward situation for the Russian winger.
This time around, it would appear that the Montreal Canadiens were a team that did not appear on Dadonov’s no trade list, and the transaction went through without a hitch. Needless to say, the Ducks got the last laugh here.