Ottawa Senators sign forward Evgenii Dadonov to three-year contract


OTTAWA the Ottawa Senators announced today that the team have signed forward Evgenii Dadonov for a three-year contract. The contract has an average annual value of $ 5 million and will see Dadonov earn $ 3.5 million in 2020-2021, $ 5 million in 2021-22 and $ 6.5 million in 2022-23.

A three-time 25-goal scorer with the Florida Panthers, Dadonov placed fourth among the Panthers with 47 points (25 goals, 22 assists) while skating in each of Florida’s 69 regular season games in 2019- 2020. His 25 scorers last season saw him place second among the Panthers in scoring, while his 11-best career power play points are tied for the team lead. The 11 power play goals also helped him tie a career-high NHL score with 17 power play points.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Evgenii,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He’s an elite offensive talent and a very consistent scorer, as evidenced by his point totals over the past three seasons. It’s a key signing for us because it adds a player who will help us produce offensively and a player with proven experience on the pitch. power play. “

A native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Dadonov appeared in all but eight Panthers’ 233 regular-season games at the start of the 2017-18 season, a period in which he placed third among the Panthers with 182 points (81 goals). , 101 assists). Drafted by Florida with the team’s third round selection (71st overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Dadonov is one of 17 Panthers of all time with 200 points for the franchise and one of three only of these players to have appeared in less than 300 games with the team.

In 281 career NHL games (all of which were with the Panthers), Dadonov has recorded 202 points (91 goals, 111 assists) and 42 penalty minutes. Internationally, he has represented his native Russia on several occasions and was a gold medalist at the 2007 WJC-U18 in Finland and the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus.

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