The Florida Panthers have agreed to an entry level deal with Russian RW Evgeny Dadonov. Dadonov a third round pick by the Panthers in 2007 was most recently playing in the KHL for Traktor Chelyabinsk. It was rumored back in July that if Evgeny signed with the Panthers a lawsuit may result for either Dadonov’s return or some form of compensation (money).
Panthers assistant general manager Randy Sexton however has proof that Dadonov’s contract had expired last season and provided this proof to the NHL office’s before starting negotiations with Dadonov’s agent.
The 20 year old Russian forward is 5’10″ and 178 lbs. Sexton commented that Dadonov will likely start the year in Rochester, the Panther’s AHL affiliate to have some time to adjust. Dadonov is in Florida working out with other Panther players at the recently upgraded Incredible Ice Facility in Coral Springs.
Hockey’s Future recently had Dadonov ranked as the 9th prospect in the Panthers system. Last season Dadonov had 15 points on 11 goals and 4 assists in 40 games. It was his first season in the KHL.
Dadonov was quoted as saying he’s happy to be here and is planning on playing in the NHL sometime this season.
Panthers rookie camp starts Monday September 7th at 9:00 am and runs through Thursday the 10th. Team physicals will be on the 12th and the first official day of camp will follow on Sunday September 13th, as the Panthers start training in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.
I can hardly wait!
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