Vegas Golden Knights trade Evgenii Dadonov for Montreal Canadiens contract of Shea Weber

The Vegas Golden Knights Traded forward Evgenii Dadonov The Montreal Canadiens Thursday exchange for Shea Weber‘s contract.

The deal did not include a salary.

Weber, 36, was the Canadiens' captain since 2018. Weber, 36, was unable to play in the last season due to multiple injuries. He was then moved to long-term injured reserve. Weber won't be able to play in the future. Weber has four more years on his contract with a cap of $7.8 million for each season. Weber is owed $3 million next year and $1 million in each season's final three.

“First, I want to thank Shea For All That He Has Done for the Montreal Canadiens,” said Kent Hughes, Montreal general manager. Shea was an exceptional hockey player who battled through serious injuries to win the Stanley Cup back to Montreal. His leadership skills will also be a benefit to our team. Evgenii Dadonov should also be welcomed to our organization. He is a gifted forward who has performed at all levels throughout his career.”

Dadonov (33 years old) has one more year left on his contract, with a cap hit of $5 million. After a successful season in Vegas, Dadonov, 33, has one year remaining on his contract at a $5 million cap hit. He will be providing solid veteran depth for the Canadiens up front.

The Golden Knights had tried to move Dadonov in March's NHL trade deadline. They then negotiated a deal with Anaheim, which would have given them much-needed salary cap room. Due to Dadonov’s 10-team no trade list, the trade was eventually canceled.

Vegas will be able to acquire Weber's contract, which will allow it the cap flexibility that it sought through long-term injured reserve relief. The $82.5 million cap was increased by $1 million for the Golden Knights, who were expected to enter the next season up against it. This is the NHL's first cap increase since 2019.

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