The Islanders signed Andrew Ladd to a seven-year deal worth $38.5 million ($5.5M AAV).
After spending five and a half years with the Winnipeg Jets, he had a reunion with the Blackhawks after being acquired at the Trade Deadline, but he wasn’t enough to propel them to another Stanley Cup. He had 12 points (8G / 4A) in 19 games with Chicago and 25 goals, 21 assists (46 points) in 78 games overall. Ladd will fill the hole left by Kyle Okposo’s departure to Buffalo and should find himself playing alongside John Tavares in 2016-17.
Ladd missed Monday’s practice but will play in Game 1.
Ladd was absent from Monday’s practice, but head coach Joel Quenneville said that Ladd is fine. Ladd has registered eight goals and four assists (12 points) in 19 games since being acquired from the Jets.
The Blackhawks have acquired Andrew Ladd, Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser from the Jets for Marko Dano, a 2016 1st round pick and a conditional draft pick.
Ladd, 30, was with the Blackhawks from 2008-2010, winning a Stanley Cup in 2010. He has spent the last five in a half seasons with the Jets, where he averaged 27 goals and 32 assists (59 points) per 82 games and had 34 points (17G / 17A) in 59 games this season. He will play on the Blackhawks’ top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa (when he returns from injury).
Ladd (sports hernia) might need offseason surgery.
Ladd played through a sports hernia in the first round loss against the Ducks. He will see a specialist and might opt for surgery. He said the injury limited his explosiveness on skates, but was not a major issue.
Ladd (elbow) is out for the rest of the regular season.
Ladd had a strong season, nearing his career-high with 54 points (23G / 31A). That falls five short of his career-high that he set with the Atlanta Thrashers (remember them?) in 2010-11. Ladd has been a good leader for this team and exemplifies exactly what head coach Paul Maurice is looking for out of his players. Should Maurice be back next season, look for Ladd to have a good year.