Welcome Back, Andrew Ladd
- Marko Dano
- 2016 first-round pick
- 2018 conditional third-round pick (conditional pick based on Blackhawks winning Stanley Cup)
In another flip trade, Dano would be sent to the Jets, along with two draft picks to bring back Ladd to Chicago, along with Harrison and Fraser. The Ladd reunion in Chicago was a huge deal for the Blackhawks and their fans. No. 16 Ladd jerseys were coming out from closets and drawers all over the city, and it looked as if the Blackhawks had finally landed their third man to complete a full first line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.
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Ladd would come into the organization knowing the core players, knowing the system in Chicago and knowing most of the coaching staff and would fit right into the team from the start.
Ladd would score 12 points in his 19 regular-season games with Chicago, and add a goal and an assist in the Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Blues.
Losing the draft picks hurts Chicago’s future, but with the players currently in the system in Rockford, the Blackhawks have a bright future already ahead of them. As for Fraser and Harrison, they both spent the rest of the season with the IceHogs and don’t really factor into the future plans for the Blackhawks, unfortunately.
Grade: People want Ladd re-signed in Chicago. That will not and cannot happen, sorry. The deal was a great move, just wish that it would have translated to more success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, because that is all where it matters, right? So I have to give this trade a B as well; good, but had potential to do much more.
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