The status of Montreal Canadiens veteran forward Evgenii Dadonov has been of interest as of late, and general manager Kent Hughes has cleared the air.
Hughes confirmed to Marc-André Perreault of TVA Sports that the veteran winger is currently going through a virus.
“At no point was he pouting,” said Perreault regarding the rumours that Dadonov was complaining. “He has a virus, even his son is sick. It’s a virus that’s been going around. It created the perfect storm, especially once a veteran is scratched from the lineup.”
In recounting the sequence of events, Perreault pointed out that Hughes and Dadonov’s agent have had some conversations over the veteran’s ice time so far this season, something Hughes characterized as perfectly normal.
“Friday, Dadonov’s agent called Kent Hughes. The two don’t know each other. The agent said ‘these aren’t the best conditions for Dadonov with the ice time given.” said paraphrased Perreault. “Hughes had no problem with the call, and said he would have done the same as an agent.”
There was also some chatter that Dadonov had gone to complain to Kent Hughes once he learned he was being scratched from the lineup on Saturday, but it was in fact Hughes that sought out Dadonov out to clear the air.
“On Saturday, Dadonov learned he was not playing against the Blues, and Kent Hughes went to see Dadonov, and not the other way around. They had an honest discussion where they laid the facts on the table,” said Perreault on what has been happening behind the scenes.
Once Dadonov returns to health the Montreal Canadiens will have to make a decision on their roster, as they’re currently carrying 15 forwards in the lineup, which is far too many.
Head coach Martin St. Louis would prefer to trim the roster down to 13 forwards, and gave some advice to his veterans about what they need to do to stay in the lineup.
The next few days will be interesting for the Montreal Canadiens.