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Montreal Canadiens Acquire Denis Gurianov From Dallas Stars



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The Montreal Canadiens weren’t as quiet as initially thought, flipping Evgenii Dadonov to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Denis Gurianov.

The Canadiens first acquired Dadonov in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights this summer in exchange for Shea Weber.

In 50 games with the Canadiens, Dadonov put up four goals and 14 assists for 18 points; this after a very difficult start to the year.

The 25-year-old Gurianov was also having some difficulty getting his mojo going this season with the Stars, putting up two goals and seven assists for nine points in 43 games.

Holding a $2.9M cap hit until the end of the season, Gurianov has arbitration rights going into the summer; but that likely won’t be much of an issue given the season he’s had.

If Gurianov doesn’t succeed in his time with the Canadiens, the Canadiens simply needn’t submit a qualifying offer, and they would be off the hook moving forward.

However, if Gurianov is able to get his game going in Montreal, it would be another solid “buy-low” type of deal from general manager Kent Hughes.

To make the deal happen, the Montreal Canadiens retained 50% of Dadonov’s $5M cap hit, meaning that the Canadiens took on an extra $400,000 in cap space with the deal.

More On Gurianov

Gurianov was the 12th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft for the Dallas Stars. He was best known for his impeccable performance for the Stars in the bubble in Edmonton, where he put up nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 27 playoff games.

The rugged winger has the size (6’3, 205lbs) and speed to play an important role for the Canadiens down the stretch and provides them with a left-shooting threat that they could plug into their top-six until the end of the season.


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Thanks to Evgenii Dadanov for his contributions to the Canadiens and best wishes for success with the Stars . I really like this trade . Denis Gurianov , although having struggled this year , he’s shown in the past to be a terrific skater with a heck of a one timer . With Dallas in 2019-20 he was top 20 in NHL playoff scoring , only Pavelski (13) had more goals than Gurianov’s 9 on the Stars . At 26 he’ll be an RFA this summer so it leaves the team with control with his contract. His 6’3” , 205 lb frame also brings some needed size on the wing for the Habs . Nice work by Hughes and co.


With the Kravstov deal happening just yesterday, one has to wonder whether this Gurianov trade was a plan B if they couldn’t work out a deal with the Rangers for their underperforming prospect. I’m pleased that we flipped Dadonov for something at least. Maybe HuGo have shown us how they’re going to try to gain assets for all the question marks we were hoping to trade. Will Drouin and Monahan go in similar deals for younger underachieving prospects too? I don’t see them parting with Edmundson in a deal like that though, since we still have him under contract for another season and can try to move him again next year.

Jimmy D.

By my calculations, the Canadiens just saved $189,024.39 on this season’s cap with this move.

While they took on $400k of Dadinov’s contract,
They acquired a new salary of 23 games pro rated $2.9 million = $813,414.63 remaining
They relinquished a salary of 23 games pro-rated $5 million = $1,402,439.02 remaining
The net savings is $589,024.02.
With keeping $400k of Dadinov’s salary, they save $589,024.02 minus $400,000
That says they save $189,024.39

Is this not correct?

If so, then there is a savings, not an expense to the salary cap to help with all the injuries/AHL player callups, etc. for the remainder of this season.


How can we make a trade to create cap space??


Isn’t less complicated than that? Wouldn’t it be we retain 50% of Dadonov’s $5M ($2.5M) and take on an additional $2.9M for Gurianov putting us at a net gain of $400K? I know that’s not the actual money still to be paid because of prorating the remaining salaries left, but in essence that explains the implications of the trade towards the cap. I think. 😁


Thanks for the clarification.

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