Thursday, February 25, 2016

Panthers Cooling on Ladd? Isles, too

As the Winnipeg Jets fall farther out of playoff contention, and the trade deadline nears, it seems almost a certainty that Andrew Ladd will be in a new uniform by February 29. But where?

George Richards, a beat writer for the Panthers, says the team is cooling on Ladd, due to the steep asking price.

According to Richards, a team would need to part with a prospect and a first-rounder.

It's a high ask for a rental (Ladd is a UFA), but one that will certainly be paid. The Blackhawks, who have been working to clear cap space and are rumored to be in search for a left winger to play alongside Jonathan Toews, appear to be a good fit.

The Islanders have been mentioned in the mix for Ladd, but Isles' beat Arthur Staple says no dice on that deal. He also mentions the price being the same as what Richards mentioned--a prospect and a first-rounder.

According to Nick Kypreos, the Kings will also make a play for Ladd, due to Marion Gaborik's injury. Here's a snipped from Luke Fox's trade deadline piece over at Sportsnet from today:
Kypreos figures the Ladd sweepstakes will come down to the two most recent Cup champions, Chicago and L.A. Because Kings forward Marian Gaborik is on long-term injured reserve, that frees cap space for Dean Lombardi to take a run at Ladd. Not unlike how Patrick Kane’s injury paved way for Chicago to rent Antoine Vermette a year ago at this time.