We may have seen the last of Evgeny Dadonov in a Rochester Americans uniformm he wants an NHL guarantee or has said he’ll go back to the KHL and play for Traktor Chelyabinsk. Some translation websites have produced the following comments from Dadonov, based upon this article at SportBox.ru:
“If Florida will give me the guarantee that I will play (in the NHL), then I will remain. If no clear promises are given (by the Panthers), if they do not give (me a) chance to appear, then I am ready to play for Traktor.”
The Panthers do everything they can to get him over to North America last season, he plays a decent but not amazing rookie season in the AHL and now he thinks he can make demands and make the jump? Yea, I don’t think so. It’ll be interesting to see how new Panthers GM Dale Tallon takes care of this situation. I would expect something like this out of Michal Repik but not Dadonov.
In 73 games with the Amerks he scored 17 goals and had 23 assists playing with Chris Taylor and Graham Mink for much of the season. He improved as the season went on but I don’t think he did enough to prove that he has the ability to demand an NHL position.
If he’s already making this comments in the middle of May I’d say adios. Even if they do convince him he’ll be a call up as needed it’ll likely mean pouting in the AHL, something the Amerks don’t need to deal with.