It’s been a major question in Ottawa over the last few years: How do you replace the consistent goal scoring of the big names that have been sent packing?

Mark Stone. Matt Duchene. Erik Karlsson. Ryan Dzingel. That’s a lot of offensive production that has walked out the door.

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. He will earn $3.5 million in 2020-21, $5 million in 2021-22 and $6.5 million in 2022-23.

Dadonov, 31, was drafted in the third round (71st overall) by the Florida Panthers in 2007. But he struggled to find his footing in the NHL early in his career and returned to the KHL for five seasons between 2012 and 2017.

Since returning to the NHL in 2017-18, Dadonov has proven to be a consistent offensive contributor, scoring 28 goals in consecutive years and 25 goals in the shortened…





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