Senators sign winger Evgenii Dadonov to three-year contract

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Senators sign forward Evgenii Dadonov to three-year, $15-million contract

As one of the most unheralded point producers in the NHL, Dadonov, 31, scored 81 goals and 101 assists in three seasons since returning to the NHL.

In Ottawa, Dadonov might not be surrounded by quite the same talent he had in Florida, but he will have the opportunity to build on the productive start to his National Hockey League career as one of the top options up front for the reloading Senators.

Senators GM Pierre Dorion provided at least part of the answer Thursday in signing free agent winger Evgenii Dadonov, whose three-year contract with Ottawa has a $5 million average annual value.

Dadonov will earn $3.5 million in 2020-21, $5 million the following season and $6.5 million in 2022-23. He's hit the 25-goal mark in three consecutive campaigns and notched a career-best 28 tallies and 70 points across 82 games in 2018-19. He scored 47 points (25 goals, 22 assists) in 69 games with the Florida Panthers last season and had one assist in four games in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

He's also accumulated 17 power-play points in each of the past two seasons.

An unquestionably solid buy from the Senators, Dadonov is a top 50 scorer in the National Hockey League over the last three seasons, matching former MVP Taylor Hall with his 182 points. "This is a key signing for us, as it adds a player who will help us produce offensively and one with a proven track record on the power play". He had one assist and seven shots on goal in four games before NY eliminated Florida.

Dadonov has represented Russian Federation on several occasions and helped his country win gold at the 2007 under-18 championship in Finland and the 2014 world championship in Belarus.

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