The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Andrew Ladd from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Mark Dano and a first round selection for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. There’s also a conditional pick for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft involved, while the Blackhawks also received defenceman Jay Harrison and forward Matt Fraser.
The 2018 pick, reported to be a third-rounder, is conditional on whether or not the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.
The Jets are retaining 36 percent of Ladd’s salary as part of the deal.
Something was thought to be up when Ladd was made a healthy scratch for Winnipeg’s Thursday night game against the Dallas Stars. The team captain was central to a number of trade rumours over the past few weeks, especially after the club committed to signing Dustin Byfuglien to a significant deal.
Ladd had a previous stint in Chicago, where he won the Cup in 2010 and was traded in the off-season. The Blackhawks sent him to the Atlanta Thrashers on July 1, 2010 after they had to ditch key players like the aforementioned Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel to save cap space.
The 30-year-old forward from Maple Ridge was drafted fourth overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, where he was part of that franchise’s first Stanley Cup win after chipping in in the 2006 post-season. He became a roster fixture after that, but injuries kept him from putting in a full campaign and the trade to Chicago eventually came around the bend.
Ladd’s best offensive season came in 2014-2015, when he put up 62 points in 81 games for the Jets. He’s currently fifth in the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 305 points in 429 games, plus he’s led Winnipeg in scoring three times throughout his career.
For the Blackhawks, this is about shoring up even more playoff experience. According to reports, they now have a roster of players with a combined 1,345 career playoff games.