The Canadiens have traded defenseman Shea Weber to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Evgenii Dadonov.https://t.co/e54vQSalzC
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Canadiens Trade Shea Weber To Vegas For Flexibility
Speaking to the media Thursday afternoon, general manager Kent Hughes started things by thanking Shea Weber for his time in Montreal in a statement.
“First of all, I would like to thank Shea for all that he has done for and represented to the Montreal Canadiens,” Montreal general manager Kent Hughes said in a statement. “Not only was Shea an exceptional hockey player who played through significant injuries in an attempt to bring the Stanley Cup back to Montreal, he was also a great leader whose leadership will have a positive impact on our team well beyond his time with us. I also want to welcome Evgenii Dadonov to our organization. He is a talented forward who has produced at all levels since the start of his career.”
Weber was acquired for P.K. Subban from Nashville in the summer of 2013 and was an excellent player for the Canadiens when healthy. He guided them to the Stanley Cup Final in 2021, their first trip since 1993. In 1,038 games in the NHL, he recorded 224 goals and 365 assists. Weber added 18 goals and 24 assists in 97 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
From there Hughes stated things started to pick up over the last couple of weeks. Hughes informed Weber first about the possibility of a trade could be coming within the next day. He wanted to do that out of respect before he heard elsewhere. However, Hughes did mention the Canadiens were looking to trade Weber at the trade deadline.
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The Canadiens have been trying to create some salary-cap flexibility after it was revealed Shea Weber would never play again. This trade allows them to do just that. Weber’s contract carried a $7.8 million salary-cap hit over the next four years. While Dadonov has one year left on his deal. The actual money owed to Weber is $3 million next season, and $1 million over the final three years of the deal. Though Dadonov has a salary cap hit of $5 million, Montreal has the flexibility to make other moves in the future. Montreal now has $2.8 million in additional cap space.
“It was a trade that works for both clubs,” Hughes said. “It gives Vegas flexibility. For us, it gives flexibility in the future. I’m expecting us to have more of a need for flexibility in the future.”
Just like the Canadiens, the Golden Knights get some cap relief. Vegas wanted to get Dadonov’s contract off the books at the trade deadline. However, that trade fell through because of his 10-team no-trade list. Not only do the Golden Knights free up $5 million from Dadonov, but Weber’s $7.8 million will be on LTIR for the next four years. In addition, the Golden Knights in terms of real dollars do not owe Dadonov the $6.5 million he was owed next year with Weber’s contract insured. This was a win-win for both teams, as Hughes stated.
Weber Trade More About the Future
With the Canadiens finishing 32nd this past season in the NHL and holding the number-one pick, it is all about the future for them. Knowing Weber would never play, the Canadiens also need the LTIR space in the upcoming season.
“It wasn’t necessarily a problem this season, but it would have become a problem if Carey Price was also on LTIR,” Hughes said. “It could have increased the price to move Weber’s contract”
Considering all the Canadiens had to give up was Dadonov, Hughes and President of Hockey Operations Jeff Gorton made out. And speaking of Carey Price, it is not a guarantee he plays this season. All of that is still being determined. Price wants to come back and play. But it will come down to his body and if he can physically do it. Not to mention the other injuries that come up during the year. Hughes stated it would be good to have that open and not have close to $20 million in LTIR.
Dadonov brings an explosive offence to the team. With Vegas, Dadonov had 43 points (20 goals and 23 assists) in 78 games. The addition of Dadonov is not the only move the Canadiens will be making this offseason. Gorton and Hughes will still be looking to improve their club at every position.
In terms of Josh Anderson, who has been in trade rumours, Hughes has no intention of trading him. However, he left everyone on the call with a little nugget saying, “he won’t turn away from an opportunity from making the team better.”
As far as Jeff Petry goes, Hughes does not think a trade is imminent, but would not rule it out either. However, Hughes as of two weeks ago, thought Weber was still going to be on the Canadiens. Funny how things work out sometimes.
Hughes left everyone on the call with a major note saying, “Hopefully, there will be more news to come in terms of changes here.”
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