Senators won't face league discipline after Dadonov trade is voided

On this edition of 32 Thoughts: Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discuss the fallout from the voided Evgenii Dadonov trade, the upcoming general manager meetings, a push to sign NCAA free agents, and more.

The NHL voided a trade earlier this week between the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks due to Evgenii Dadonov's no-trade clause. Now, the third team involved in the saga — the Ottawa Senators — has been cleared of any discipline by the league.

"A lot of the confusion here came from the trade from Ottawa to Vegas and what exactly happened on that trade call. Well, one of the things we've now learned is that ... there will be no league sanctions to the Senators," Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported during the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday.

The Golden Knights and Ducks agreed to a trade that would have sent Dadonov to Anaheim ahead of last Monday's NHL trade deadline, and the league initially approved the deal. However, the trade was then voided on Wednesday after the sides learned that Dadonov's no-trade clause "had not been complied with," according to a league statement.

Dadonov initially signed his three-year contract with the Senators ahead of the 2020-21 season. The contract includes a stipulation that Dadonov needed to alert the team of the 10 teams he could not be traded to during the 2021-22 season by July 1, 2021.

An investigation this week confirmed the no-trade list had been filed on time to the Senators and the team had confirmed it had received it. The Senators traded Dadonov to the Golden Knights — a team not on his no-trade list — in late July.

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