Just prior to the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators dropping the puck tonight, the Blackhawks made a move to acquire Winnipeg Jets Captain Andrew Ladd, per. The move brings a former Stanley Cup winning Blackhawk back to Chicago as Ladd was a big part of the 2010 Cup Champions. Ladd, along with Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser come to Chicago in the trade, while the Blackhawks send Marko Dano, 2016 first-round pick, and a conditional pick back to Winnipeg. The Jets will also retain 36% of Ladd’s salary.
The details from the Experts
Here is the financial breakdown according to General Fanager:
From Craig Custance, the conditional pick sent to Winnipeg is based on the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup:
And from Mark Lazerus, a fun look at the potential lineup for the Blackhawks in the playoffs:
Ladd returns to fill big gap
The Blackhawks have been trying to fill the skates of Brandon Saad all season in the top six rotation of forwards. Richard Panik, Andrew Shaw, and Teuvo Teravainen have all tried their hand at filling in the top-line position left by Saad, but haven’t been able to live up to the role. With Marian Hossa going down with a lower-body injury, the hole in the top-six became greater. Enter Ladd.
Since the trade winds began howling, Ladd has been mentioned as a potential target for the Blackhawks to make a move for. His familiarity with the system that Chicago runs, along with his leadership qualities and the fact that his current contract expires at the end of the season made him the popular choice when talking about potential targets for Chicago to focus on before Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline. Ladd, as a true left wing, fits into the top-line alongside Hossa and Jonathan Toews.
There are still three and a half days left before the deadline on Monday. The Blackhawks still have a need on defense and a Bryan Bickell contract to move. Believe in Bowman.
So what do you think Blackhawks fans? Let us know your reactions to the trade in the comment section below!
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