The Montreal Canadiens have moved Evgenii Dadonov to injured reserve, clearing the way for the activation of Joel Edmundson. The veteran defenseman no longer appears on the injured reserve list on the NHL media site, but John Lu of TSN reports that he will be a game-time decision.
Dadonov’s placement is interesting, as Eric Engels of Sportsnet suggested that the forward may end up on waivers today to clear room for Edmundson and referred to this transaction as “kicking the can down the road.”
The 33-year-old Dadonov has essentially played his way out of the mix in Montreal with zero points through eight games. He’s only taken ten shots on goal during that stretch and saw his minutes reduced to fewer than 12 before ending up in the press box as a healthy scratch.
It seems that his time in Montreal might be running out, though they’ll now have a little bit of flexibility to make a decision. With a $5MM cap hit it seems unlikely that there would be much of a trade market for Dadonov, even if he did score 20 goals last season. Notably, he’s actually making $6.5MM in salary this season in the final year of his contract.