The Islanders signed former Chicago Blackhawks forward Ladd to a seven-year contract worth an estimated $38.5 million, with an average annual value of $5.5 million.
“I think any team with John Tavares on it and the goaltending and the defence that the Islanders have, they’re very close,” Ladd said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge with helping this team get to the next level, and that’s a Stanley Cup.”
The 30-year-old from Maple Ridge spent 19 games last season with the Blackhawks after the club acquired him from the Winnipeg Jets. He had a dozen points in those 19 games and contributed two points in Chicago’s limited seven-game playoff run.
Ladd enjoyed his best season to date with the Jets, when he posted 62 points in 81 games – including 24 goals.
Chimera has spent the last six and a half seasons with the Washington Capitals after stints with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers. The 37-year-old played his best hockey in Washington, including in 2013-2014 when he put up 42 points in 82 games. He had 40 points last season and scored 20 goals for just the second time in his career.
“There’s not that many 20-goal guys that can skate like Jason Chimera in the National Hockey League,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. “He’s a veteran guy, brings energy. I said to him, ‘If you just keep taking care of yourself the way you are…’ I mean, he can play until he’s 45.”
The Islanders also saw considerable exits on Friday, with Frans Nielsen signing with Detroit, Kyle Okposo signing with the Buffalo Sabres and Matt Martin signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs.