Ladd, 30, was acquired by the Blackhawks Thursday night, just days before the NHL’s Feb. 29 trade deadline in exchange for Marko Dano, a 2016 first round pick, and a conditional third round pick in 2018 if the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. Defenceman Jay Harrison and forward Matt Fraser are also Chicago-bound as part of the transaction. In addition, the Jets are retaining 36 per cent of Ladd’s salary.
Ladd, who has served as the club’s captain since 2010 (Atlanta Thrashers), was made a healthy scratch by the Jets for their game against the Dallas Stars Thursday night.
The winger currently sits fifth on the Jets’ all-time scoring list with 305 points in 429 games, and fourth all-time in franchise goals, with 139. In addition, he led the Jets in scoring three times throughout his run with the club (2010-11, 2012-13 and 2014-15).
This won’t be Ladd’s first stint in Chicago. The six-foot-3 winger won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2010, and was traded the following off-season.
The team tweeted a photo from Ladd’s days with the club to welcome him back following the announcement of the trade:
Ladd began his career with the Carolina Hurricanes, with whom he won the Cup in 2006.
Dano joins the Jets having played 48 career NHL games split between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Blackhawks. The 21-year-old winger has scored nine goals and added 14 assists since being selected by Columbus in the first round (27th overall) of the 2013 draft.
Fraser, 25, has played the majority of the 2015-16 campaign with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, where he’s earned five goals and nine assists in 44 games. He has played 87 career NHL games over four seasons with the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, with 11 goals and six assists to his name.
Harrison, 33, has registered 23 goals and 52 assists in 372 career NHL games through nine seasons split between with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hurricanes and Jets. He has three goals and two assists in 18 games with the Moose this season.