Well, it’s official; Andrew Ladd is a Jet no longer. Andrew Ladd has been sent to Chicago. Per Sportsnet, the full deal is Ladd, defenseman Jay Harrison, and forward Matt Fraser for Marko Dano, a 2016 first round draft pick, and a conditional third round draft pick in 2018 if Chicago wins the Stanley Cup. The Jets will retain 36% of Ladd’s salary.
Andrew Ladd was scratched before the Winnipeg Jets game against the Stars on Thursday so a trade was expected. Ladd had previously played in Chicago for three seasons, spanning from the 2007-2008 season to the 2009-2010 season and had even won a Stanley Cup with them in 2010. This season, Ladd has slightly underperformed offensively, tallying only 34 points in 59 games. However, last season, Ladd managed to score 24 goals and 38 assists. In his six seasons in Winnipeg, Ladd has totaled 305 points, averaging 58 points per 82 game season.
Talk about surprising. I think we all knew Ladd was going to be traded but I’m quite surprised he was dealt this early. The trade deadline isn’t until another four days yet the Jets decided to trade him now. Granted, I’d decide to trade him now too if I could get Dano and a first round pick in return for him. While this deal benefits both teams, I think Winnipeg won the trade. Similar to last year’s trade deadline, Chicago is obviously looking to make a big push for the playoffs and Ladd will instantly boost their offense. However, there is no denying that the Blackhawks gave up a lot of assets to acquire Ladd. Remember, Marko Dano was the key piece in the Brandon Saad trade and is a great prospect. I love Dano’s potential and think he’ll become a 60+ scorer in the NHL. Not to mention, the Hawks also had to give up a first round pick in the deal too. All of this for a player that will probably not be resigned in the offseason. The trade definitely helps Chicago now but severely hurts their future. Dano was arguably their best prospect and now they don’t even have a first round pick in this year’s draft. What happens if, say, St. Louis gets the first seed in the Central division, Chicago has to face the Dallas Stars in the playoffs and loses in the first round? This trade has the potential to look very bad if the Blackhawks make an early exit from the postseason. But who knows; if the Hawks win another Cup because of the addition of Ladd, the trade will be worth the high price. It’s a big gamble but the addition of Ladd immensely improves the Blackhawks roster and gives them a much better chance to win the Stanley Cup this year.