BROSSARD- Evgenii Dadonov didn’t realize it, but the veteran forward joins a new team where he’s the dean at just 33 years old.
“Ah, I didn’t know that,” he reacted with a pout on Thursday, before adding: “It doesn’t change anything for me … I don’t feel old. »
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On the list of 74 participants in the Habs training camp, only Carey Price is older than Dadonov at 35, but the star keeper is currently injured and not expected to play this season.
The injured striker Paul Byron is also 33 years old, but he is one month younger than Dadonov. Mike Hoffmananother forward, will blow out his 33 candles on November 24.
“I am ready to be a role model for young people, but I also have a lot to learn from young people,” he stressed.
Acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights last summer in a trade for Shea Weber, Dadonov said he came to Montreal with good intentions.
“Everyone tells me I’d love Montreal. I have no doubt. I am ready to work. That’s a lot of new stuff to take in, but that’s okay,” he said.
Dadonov said he had discussions with general manager Kent Hughes and the coaches, but he will have a better idea of the exact role he will be given by taking part in the training sessions.
“I really liked everything I was told,” he said.
Dadonov is a winger with good offensive skills, having had four 20-plus seasons in his last five campaigns. Another advantage up his sleeve is that he can move both right and left.
“I’ve played on each side so much over the last few seasons that I can’t honestly say which one I prefer,” he said.
“I’m just ready to help the team no matter how. I will be happy to play with any teammate. »
Dadonov had 20 goals and 43 points in 78 games for the Vegas Golden Knights.
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He was involved in a transaction that was invalidated by the NHL because it did not respect the clauses of his contract. The trade would have sent him to the Anaheim Ducks by the March 21 trade deadline.
” I have no regrets. I asserted my rights because I did not want to go to California. I have a family of three children. What happened afterwards, I had no control over. »
Dadonov said he’s not losing sleep over the fact that he’s in his last contract year. He signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 15, 2020.
“I don’t think about that. I get up every morning telling myself that it’s another day that begins for me to work hard. »
Dadonov explained that his wife and their three children will come to see him every weekend until they come to join him in Montreal in November.
A third-round pick (No. 71) of the Florida Panthers in 2007, Dadonov has a record of 124 goals and 141 assists in 413 games. He only appeared in four playoff games, having one assist on his record.