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From Newsday's Arthur Staple:
John Tavares knows how much his Islander team has changed this summer. Even though longtime teammates and friends Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin departed July 1 in free agency and Tavares knew long before then that there was a chance all three could leave, it’s still hard for the Isles captain to believe.
“It hasn’t even really sunk in, maybe until you don’t see them at training camp or during the season and that hasn’t happened yet,” Tavares told Newsday earlier this week. “I don’t think people realize how much I lean on Kyle and Frans, as well as guys like Travis , Clutter [Cal Clutterbuck], Johnny Boychuk. Having those different perspectives is a huge help. And personally for me, you go through a lot of ups and downs and you’re trying to manage a lot of things. When you have people you can rely on, especially with those friendships I have with Kyle and Frans are deep.”
The challenge now, with a little over a month until the Islanders open training camp, is how to handle the loss of three such deeply ingrained players in the fabric of this organization — Okposo and Nielsen were Tavares’ alternate captains the past three seasons — while integrating three veterans in Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and PA Parenteau.
Oh, and there’s another wrinkle: When players come to Long Island for physicals on Sept. 21, the captain, the coach and the two most experienced goaltenders won’t be around.
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from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
Getting rid of Ladd now gives the Jets a chance to slide down the standings, which is the polite way of saying they should tank. He's a good player and the team's captain, and saying goodbye to him now will make the Jets worse than they already are and give them a high draft pick.
While some might be hesitant to get rid of the captain and the only player who is scoring goals right now, the bottom line is the Jets aren't going anywhere with him. He's part of the core that came to Winnipeg from Atlanta five years ago and continues to disappoint. Sure, they made a run to the post-season last year, but let's not forget this group still hasn't won a playoff game.
Some of the players in the Thrashers core are solid as individuals, but together they've proven time and time again they can't get the job done. Their goaltending is sub-par, they are giving up way more goals than they're scoring – the signature of all those terrible Thrashers teams – and too many nights they come out with the fury of a tranquilized puppy.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
The Winnipeg Jets may not be shopping Andrew Ladd but we’re into semantics at this point, as GM Kevin Cheveldayoff continues to get calls on the availability of his captain. Cheveldayoff may not be doing a lot of talking but he is doing a lot of listening.
Eight days before the deadline, it’s believed at least one team has made an offer of a first-round pick plus a prospect and Cheveldayoff has a list of teams calling about the 30-year-old Ladd.
As many as six teams – Anaheim, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Washington – are believed to have interest in him.
“You never know, with the interest this high, you might get more than a pick and a prospect. You might get a player too,” an NHL executive told TSN on Sunday. “The trick now is to not get greedy. If someone offers your price or better, now is the time to take it. The market can work in your favour and get you a high price. But it can also collapse on you.”
From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Perhaps, it’s the calm before the storm.
The NHL trade deadline is set for Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. EST and while it will be tough to see a deal bigger than former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf being moved to the Senators in a blockbuster Tuesday, there’s still a sense among league executives it’ll be busy enough between now and the cutoff date.
The issue right now is the market is flooded with forwards and that needs to sort itself out because nobody is sure just who will move and who won’t. Naturally, the biggest question mark is Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, but the betting money is he won’t be going anywhere.
After his name, people are eyeing the likes of Carolina’s Eric Staal, Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd, Boston’s Loui Eriksson, Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker, Columbus’ Scott Hartnell, Kyle Okposo of the Islanders and Tampa holdout Jonathan Drouin.
“Right now, there’s a lot of forwards out there,” said a league executive.
Sooner or later, someone has to move to set the market.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
Talks with Ladd’s agents have broken off. In the meantime, Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was recently seen huddling with defenceman Dustin Byfuglien’s representative.
Winnipeg has chosen Buff ahead of Ladd. It’s a reversal in direction that must have surprised the captain and his teammates.
This dressing room responds to its leader. When Ladd is right and pushing, the team has pace and a pulse. Now that he’s left hanging, the situation has become intolerable and needs to be solved.
Keeping Ladd is an unlikely proposition unless the player’s demands change dramatically. Ladd is after a six-year contract with an average annual value north of $6 million. That’s not going to happen in Winnipeg.
So it’s time to trade Ladd and make the most of what has disintegrated into a mess.
According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, NHL GM's are entering the period in which they must decide whether they're going to buy to "contend" or sell at the trade deadline, which hits on February 29th this year. That's not an easy decision to make given how tight the standings have been and will continue to remain going forward.
The focal points of trade deadline interest remain the following non-Steven Stamkos players:
Winnipeg Jets: All eyes are on captain Andrew Ladd and blueliner Dustin Byfuglien. “I don’t believe they’ll both be there after the deadline,” a league executive said Friday. The talk is the Jets tabled a six-year, $6 million deal to Ladd before the season, and that somehow the deal will get done.
Nobody is quite as optimistic about Byfuglien. He has emerged as one of the best players in the league, is a difference maker, and will cash in on the UFA market in the summer. “He’s just a hell of player,” said the executive.
St. Louis Blues: We’re not talking about a franchise with an ownership group that has deep pockets. GM Doug Armstrong has apparently put talks with centre David Backes on hold and with a $4.5 million cap hit he’s going to want a big raise if he’s going to stay with the Blues.
He could fetch a lot in return but the Blues are a contender in the West and they should be looking to add, not subtract. Teams will call but Armstrong has to tread carefully here.
New York Islanders: The sense is there won’t be any deal involving defenceman Travis Hamonic, who asked for a trade a personal reasons, until the NHL entry draft in June. A league executive said: “Garth Snow isn’t going to make this deal unless he gets good value in return.”
Teams have been calling the Isles about UFA winger Kyle Okposo, and why not? You never know where Snow is concerned, but the 27-year-old has a $2.7 million cap hit. The thinking amongst teams is he won’t be going anywhere because the Islanders are in the race and want to stay there.
Garrioch continues, addressing the Canucks, Lightning and Canadiens' situations.
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Winnipeg Jets are facing more than $152 million worth of future contract demands from three key players who are in expiring years of their contracts.
League and player sources have confirmed that Jets captain Andrew Ladd has asked for a six-year deal worth at least $41 million, that defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has requested $55 million over eight years and that defenceman Jacob Trouba wants more than $56 million over the maximum eight years allowed in the league’s CBA with its players.
It’s important to note that these numbers have been basically starting points from each of the player’s camps in their negotiations with the Jets. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has not commented at all on potential progress or stumbling blocks to talks.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Andrew Ladd is a proud man. It’s a big part of what makes him the hockey player he is. And while his words say it’s all business, the fact he’s even willing to discuss his contract status right now reveals it’s become personal to him.
I approached Ladd following Thursday’s morning skate expecting to get a quick, "no comment," upon asking him if he was prepared to shut down contract negotiations with the Winnipeg Jets once the regular season began.
"It’s certainly something I have to consider," said Ladd, looking me in the eye and not bristling a bit at the question. "My contract and the business part of things can’t become a distraction to me or to my teammates. So setting it aside once the season starts is something we’ll (Ladd and his agents) have to discuss."
This is Andrew Ladd sending a message, saying he’s had enough. For Ladd to say this aloud, he has to be angry and disappointed. It constitutes a threat: sign me now or prepare for the unknown.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
What the Jets ultimately decide to do with Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien is going to have long-lasting ramifications on the direction the franchise takes moving forward.
My view on Byfuglien — who will make $6 million this season and carry a cap hit of $5.2 million — hasn't changed. The expectation is that the Jets will continue to work on a new deal for the blue-liner as well.
For now, let's keep the focus on Ladd, who is coming off a season that saw him produce 24 goals and a career-high 62 points in 81 games.
Ladd's worth has always stretched well beyond the numbers but the impressive part of last season's totals was that he was playing through a sports hernia and not close to full health.
Despite playing through injury, Ladd was tied for 12th in points by a left-winger, even with Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild.
The laundry list of Ladd's strong qualities as a player is a lengthy one, but it's his durability and consistency that are at the top of it....
So what's the hold up?
Ladd will turn 30 in December, so you can be sure he's looking to hit a home run with this deal.
It wouldn't be a surprise if his camp is looking for a seven- or eight-year deal worth north of $6 million per season.
Can you imagine if Pavelec would have been injured and unable to start?
The Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless has been on top of the Evander Kane saga since its outset, and this morning, Lawless suggests that the Winnipeg Jets' season sits at a crossroads (if not on a long Manitoba train track) thanks to the actions of not only Dustin Byfuglien, but also the Jets' captain, Andrew Ladd, its coach, Paul Maurice, and to some extent, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:
Let’s review: Kane shows up for a team meeting in sweats. Byfuglien determines this isn’t good enough and tosses his teammates gear into a shower or a cold tub. Kane’s belongings are soaked and his pride and very likely his heart are damaged. He’s been humiliated by one of his big brothers. By one of the men he’s lived and worked with going on six years. Maybe there was a time when this manner of sending a message was accepted and worked, but no longer. It just made a mess.
Ladd is the captain of this room and anything that happens behind those closed doors is his responsibility. He needs to have his finger on the pulse of things. If he stood by and let Byfuglien commit this act — it’s on him. If he missed and then couldn’t or wouldn’t solve the issue before it blew up as it has — again it’s on him.
Same goes for Maurice. This coach likes to say he lets the players run the room. Fine. But at some point in time Tuesday when this was playing out, Maurice had to determine his influence was needed. He’s lost a player. A skilled and productive forward on a team that just can’t afford to move on without a suitable replacement.
If Kane is indeed done with the Jets and Cheveldayoff can’t put together a deal to replace him, it’s hard to imagine this ending well for Winnipeg.
Lawless continues, and he does an excellent job of reminding us that whatever happened, a young man got treated like a child thanks to teammates who were equally "in the wrong" by going "old-school" on him, and the coach and GM are also culpable here...
And this is a situation that has less to do with a troubled player being an *#$%@& than it has to do with a troubled player's behavior yielding, well, organizationally-approved, coach-approved, captain-approved and teammate-approved assholery.
from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
“I’m very proud of our captain, the fight that he had,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. “I’m not saying it was for fighting. But he showed a lot of character out there. And we cannot lose a game where your captain does that. We have to find a way to win.”
more on the fight...
First the Winnipeg broadcast...
Below, the Colorado broadcast...
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch discusses the players who've become the stars of the pre-trade deadline rumor mill in a trade-rumor-packed Sunday column, and he insists that at least some GM's will filling their shopping lists sooner than later:
With the Olympic roster freeze set to go into effect Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m., several league executives believe there may be a flurry of activity. “A lot of teams are nervous,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “I really think there are some teams that are in playoff races that want to make changes. You have to think there’s going to be some trades before players going to the Olympics because teams aren’t going to want to wait until March 5 to position themselves.” A lot of the teams at the top of the standings — Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Jose — want to be active, but thus far the movement has been limited. “There’s lots of talk,” said the executive.
He also suggests that the Winnipeg Jets' recent surge won't stop the team from moving "name" players:
Andrew Ladd, the captain of the Jets on the coaching change.
As Ladd mentions, it now falls on the players.
From Judy Owen of the CP via Winnipeg Free Press:
Andrew Ladd was idling in the drive-thru line at Tim Hortons when it was his turn to move up to the window.
As he was passed his coffee, the clerk told Ladd it had been paid for by the person in the vehicle in front of his.
“It was pretty neat,” the Winnipeg Jets captain said. “Obviously, for them to recognize me from the car ahead was something that usually doesn’t happen.”
Such is the fish bowl the Jets will be swimming in since it was announced May 31 that the Atlanta Thrashers had been bought by True North Sports and Entertainment and were moving to NHL-starved Winnipeg.
Military personnel, multiple Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft in the background, security checkpoints out the wazoo and members of the federal government on hand in the crowd – it had all the makings of an election campaign appearance or an announcement of new fighter jets for the military.
Instead, we got our hockey team’s jerseys. From the back of that massive Hercules strolled Nik Antropov, Andrew Ladd, Mark Stuart and Eric Fehr, looking like an awkward boy band as they emerged through the smoke and blue light to some heavy guitar riffage.
The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with left wing Andrew Ladd to a new contract. As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Ladd, 25, posted career highs in goals and points with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010-11 recording 29 goals and 59 points in 81 games. The Maple Ridge, BC native was named captain of the Thrashers on November 18, 2010
Update: Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, it’s a 5-year, $22 million contract.
From the CP via TSN:
Atlanta Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd is visiting what could be his new hockey home in Winnipeg.
The Thrashers are moving to the city but Ladd is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and would need to strike a deal with the new owners of the team to join his teammates in the Manitoba capital.
That process hasn’t really started.
But the native of Maple Ridge, B.C., brought his agent and fiancee along for the trip and says he’s impressed with the vision and culture the team’s management wants to create.
via the Thrashers PR department,
The Atlanta Thrashers have named forward Andrew Ladd as the eighth team captain in franchise history, according to Head Coach Craig Ramsay. Additionally, defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom have been named the team’s alternate captains.
“Andrew has earned this distinction with a high level of commitment to his play and to his teammates,” said Ramsay. “Along with Andrew, Dustin and Toby have set the tone for our club with their on-ice leadership and deserve this opportunity.”
Ladd, 24, currently leads the Thrashers with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 19 games during his first season in Atlanta. He leads team forwards with 18:50 of ice time per game and tied his career-high with points in six straight games (three goals, five assists) from Oct. 15 to Oct. 27.
The 6-3, 205-pound left wing has recorded 167 points (70 goals, 97 assists) in 340 career NHL games with Carolina, Chicago and Atlanta. Ladd has also earned 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 53 post-season games, while capturing two Stanley Cup Championships (2006 with Carolina and 2010 with Chicago).
He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.
For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.
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For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.
By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.
They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.
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As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)
In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)
To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.
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via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Newly acquired Andrew Ladd settles with Atlanta. 1 year deal for 2.35M
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Thrashers trading for Andrew Ladd…says a source
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
There are so many of the Vancouver Canucks for Blackhawks fans to dislike - Willie Mitchell, Kevin Bieksa, Rick Rypien, the hair pulling Alex Burrows, even goalie Roberto Luongo.
But Ryan Kesler might now be at the top of their list.
Kesler called out Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd after Saturday’s 5-1 win by the Canucks at GM Place during which Ladd got the best of Kesler in a first period fight.
Kesler was looking for revenge for what he said was a hit from behind from Ladd in last spring’s playoffs and wound up taking a punch to the face that opened a cut under his eye. Instead of trading punches with Ladd, Kesler’s only response was to wrestle Ladd to the ice.
“He’s a coward, he’ll always be a coward,” Kesler told reporters after the game. “At least he was man enough to hit me when I was looking this time.”
continue for a look at last night’s game and watch the quick fight below…
Ladd received five minutes for the elbow, 2 minutes for roughing and a game misconduct.
D’Agostini did not return to the game.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team has re-signed forward Andrew Ladd (6-2, 201) to a two-year contract.
from the News & Observer,
Although Ladd is prized for his physical play, Rutherford noted that a key step in his development will be learning how to harness that desire to hit everybody on the ice and put opponents through the boards every shift. Yet Canes coaches and Ladd himself are quick to note there’s no call to change his style of play.
“For me to be successful and to bring the most out of my game, I need to go, like you said, ‘100 miles an hour.’ I’ve gotta be banging bodies and getting dirty, getting to the front of the net,” Ladd said. “That’s just the way I play. Injuries are part of the game. They’re frustrating, but I’m not going to change the way I play, because that would take me back a step.”