Could the awkwardness of Evgenii Dadonov returning to the team that tried to trade him provide some motivation? The saga of the missing no-trade list turned out to be the top story of the trade deadline, with Dadonov returning to the Golden Knights' lineup on Thursday night after a brief stay as property of the Anaheim Ducks. For his trouble, Dadonov was reassigned to Jack Eichel's line while receiving first-unit power-play minutes. He responded with a power-play goal and two assists, giving him six points in his last three games. Not bad for a player that Vegas seems ready to move on from.
Dadonov may still end up being the odd man out once either Mark Stone or Alec Martinez is activated. A post-deadline, in-season trade for Vegas to clear cap space would end his season. Yet there's some short-term value here while the Vegas lineup still isn't at full health (Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith are also sidelined). It's a bizarre situation, but it's happened because the Golden Knights have bitten off more than they can chew in their quest for a Stanley Cup.
Also, I'm surprised that the NHL didn't have some sort of central registry for no-trade clauses. In a world where everything has to be in writing and essential information should be readily available, there should be one. Although I understand the need for confidentiality (a player obviously doesn't want another team's fans finding out that he would rather not be traded there), this debacle by multiple parties could have easily been avoided. These types of scenarios often result in process improvements for the future so that they don't happen again.
Drew Doughty might miss the rest of the regular season with what is believed to be a hand injury. Since Doughty's injury in early March, rookie Sean Durzi has been logging the bulk of the power-play minutes for the Kings. On Thursday, Durzi assisted on three goals while logging a career-high 27 minutes. Durzi is rostered in just 3 percent of Yahoo leagues and 32 percent of Fantrax leagues, so he's worth adding in many league formats for those who need blueline scoring help. I mentioned last week that I added Durzi as a Thomas Chabot injury replacement, so I felt the need to bring him up again.
Just keep in mind that the Kings have a bunch of defensemen sidelined beyond Doughty, including Matt Roy,