Ramblings: Dadonov to Montreal, Blais Signs, Roto Rankings Fallers Swayman, M. Tkachuk (Jun 17)

Ian Gooding

2022-06-17

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We have an offseason trade to announce. The Golden Knights have traded Evgenii Dadonov to Montreal for the Shea Weber contract. For more, see the Fantasy Take from Mike Clifford.

Something I'll add about Dadonov that you may recall: He was a point-per-game player in Vegas (16 PTS in 16 GP) after the failed trade to Anaheim. Vegas was dealing with injuries to Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Reilly Smith, but Dadonov can still contribute if in the right situation. As Cliffy said, the Habs are bloated when it comes to wingers – particularly middle-6 level – but there's still an offseason of transactions still to occur.

The Rangers have reportedly signed Sammy Blais to a one-year extension worth $1.525 million. Blais was acquired in the Pavel Buchnevich trade last offseason, but he played in only 14 games because of a torn right ACL. If Blais can improve upon his scoring (just four points – all assists – in 14 games), he may become a significant factor in bangers leagues. Blais registered 100 hits in back-to-back seasons with St. Louis prior to his trade, even though he did not play in more than 40 games in either season.

This could get awkward. The NHL revealed on Wednesday that the grievance exercised by Evander Kane and the NHLPA for wrongful termination of his contract with the Sharks could extend past July 13, the opening of free agency. A likely outcome would have Kane and the Sharks reaching a settlement, although you can imagine that Kane being directed to return to the Sharks would be like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard being forced to coh