Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Andrew Ladd and the Florida Panthers

Andrew Ladd is a player on Florida Panthers' GM Dale Tallon's target list for trade acquisitions, according to a recent post by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.  LeBrun believes that Ladd would fit in nicely with the current first place team in the Atlantic Division.  As he states in the ESPN article:
Ladd would be a tremendous fit in Florida: A guy you can plug in anywhere in the top nine, a gritty leader who would bring character and a Cup ring to the mix.
It's also noted that Dale Tallon has already traded for Ladd once before in their careers, when Ladd was acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008.  

Ladd is currently finishing up a five-year deal worth $22 million total, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2016.  The current winger for the Winnipeg Jets continues to be a well-priced set up man who can also ring the puck home himself.  In 49 games this season, Ladd has 27 points, 17 of which are assists.  He could wind up being a rental player for team making a playoff push.  He could also wind up being a try and buy player, depending on the fit and contract asking price.  In either case, the fact that Tallon had once before acquired Ladd does bode well for a potential acquisition this year by the Panthers.

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