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.
Hearing #FlaPanthers cooling on Andrew Ladd because of high price. Word is first round pick, top prospect for what would likely be a rental.— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) February 25, 2016
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:
About the #Isles and Andrew Ladd: last I checked price was far too steep for their liking. 1st plus one of their top F prospects. No dice.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) February 25, 2016
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.