Dadonov traded to the Stars, Gurianov comes to Montreal

Dadonov traded to Stars, Gurianov moves to Montreal


Kent Hughes has played a first card in anticipation of the deadline for transactions scheduled for Friday.

The general manager of the Canadiens has parted with Evgenii Dadonov who he passed on to the Dallas Stars. 

In return, the Habs obtained the services of Denis Gurianov.

First-round pick (12th overall) of the Stars, in 2015, the 25-year-old left-handed striker has two goals and seven assists so far in 43 games this season.

The Russian had his best moments in the green uniform during the course who led the Stars to the Stanley Cup Finals in the summer of 2020. 

At that time, he had collected 17 points, including nine goals, in 27 games.

Despite his stature of 6 feet, 3 inches and 205 pounds, he is not known for his robust game. As proof, he has distributed only 23 body checks since the beginning of the campaign.

Little used in Dallas

It must be said that his usage time is down in 2020-2021, from an average of 15 min 51 s to 12 min 8 s.

Gurianov will become a restricted free agent at the end of this campaign. He pockets a salary of $2.9M.

For his part, Dadonov is heading to Dallas after offering four goals and 14 assists to the Habs in 50 games. 

You will recall that the Habs acquired him from the Vegas Golden Knights in return for Shea Weber's contract.

Dadonov reunited with DeBoer

Moreover, Dadonov will reconnect with head coach Peter DeBoer. He had him under his command last year in Vegas and during the Russian's first stay with the Florida Panthers.

To make the transaction possible, the Canadian agreed to retain the half of Dadonov's salary. With Gurianov earning $5 million this season, the footprint on both teams' payroll remains virtually identical.

Returning from Vegas, where the Stars played on Saturday, Gurianov will join his new teammates at training scheduled in San Jose, Monday noon.