Blackhawks Acquire Andrew Ladd

Before Thursday night’s game against the Nashville Predators, the Blackhawks made a huge deal to bolster their championship chances.

Andrew Ladd, who was part of the Hawks Cup run in 2010 and has since been serving as the captain of the Winnipeg Jets, has been acquired by GM Stan Bowman.

The Blackhawks traded top prospect Marko Dano, their 2016 first round pick and a conditional pick to Winnipeg to get Ladd. Winnipeg is reportedly retaining 36 percent of Ladd’s cap hit in the deal.

Ladd, 30, has 17 goals and 17 assists in 59 games this season.

Chicago also acquired defenseman Jay Harrison and forward Matt Fraser. Harrison, 35, has five points in 35 games with the Jets this season. Fraser, 25, has 14 points in 44 games with Manitoba in the AHL this year.

Dano, acquired in the Brandon Saad deal over the summer, has four goals and 19 assists in 34 games with Rockford this season as a 21-year-old.

50 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Andrew Ladd

  1. I like Dano, but maybe his numbers last year were fools gold. Sounds like an over payment now. But time will tell. Gotta get rid of that 29 contract.

    Hawks don’t have a ton in Rockford. Since they’re playing the Predators tonight. One way the Hawks could infuse talent for next year is Jimmy Vesey. Most assume he won’t sign in Nashville. The Leafs hired his dad as a scout and drafted his younger brother. He’s a left wing with size. He’d be cost controlled.

  2. Awesome deal. Gave up a lot, but Ladd is made of the same championship caliber ilk as the Hawks core. He knows what it takes to win. I am very happy.

  3. The top available player was not going to be cheap. 1st round picks at the end of the round are a long way from a sure thing. This was definitely the right move to make.

  4. I called the Ladd deal, but a lot to pay if this is strictly a rental move. I do like the win now attitude. Ladd is a tough, battle tested leader. Our top 6 should strike some fear in opponents as well as what Shaw can do to enhance our bottom 6.

  5. A late round pick and Dano is not “a lot” to give up. Late first round picks are far from a sure thing and Dano is clearly not a good fit for this team right now. They needed to beef up the other lines and this will help the top 3 as well as the bottom 6 (welcome back there Shaw). You have to go for it all when you have the chance. Great move!

  6. Dano was giving a chance, he wasnt able to do enough with it. The Hawks would have like nothing better then Dano is win the LW job, he didnt and turned into an established top LW winger. Well done Stan! Having Ladd makes this a better team to repeat.

  7. One more move to be made. I’d like to see something put together for Justin Schultz. Not that he has a ton of value. But because he has a similar salary as Bickell. And his contract is up. He would need a qualifying offer slightly more than what he makes now this summer. Let him walk.

    To the game….love the pace. No score but it’s entertaining

  8. LA, Dallas, St. Louis are all pulling their hair out wondering what the hell they have to do now to beat the Blackhawks. We got bigger, stronger, better, more offensive, tougher and with extreme leadership along 2 super killer lines, one killer line and one seriously pesky pain in the butt shut ’em down line.

  9. @ Ernie

    Ladd turned down a multi yr deal over or 6 million possibly as high as 6.2, there is almost zero chance he resigns. Hawks will need to look for a LW in free agency. Lets enjoy the ride w Ladd now.

  10. When Freddie comes back we will be deeper down the middle since Savvy, Lysisk, Murray, and Gardner in da 80’s.
    Trying to not be redundant but all four lines just solidified like last year.
    In Stan I Trust

  11. This is Rufus…some ahole stole my credentials. Very very very happy with the additional Ladd. HUGE. And Bowman will still find a way to add a blueliner.

    Dano has been a big disappointment and won’t be missed. A first rounder doesn’t bother me either. The time to go for another Cup is NOW.

  12. Ladd’s last deal wasn’t that great. This will be his last big deal. We saw salaries last summer stagnate because of the cap. It is always assumed by the acquiring team that it’s a rental situation. Say you pay Ladd 4. He can probably get more. Paying him 4 you assume Bickell is already gone. It’s assumed the deal would be more than 1 year. You have Seabrook with a raise. Shaw needs a new deal this year. Kruger does too. But he might settle for a similar deal due to his injury.

    After next, you have Panarin and Teravainen needing deals. Panarin will be 6 plus. The only way all that works for the Hawks is if they can unload Hossa via expansion draft next summer. Frankly id rather go younger than older. Ladd has regressed in each of the last 3 years. I don’t like that trend for a 30 year old player.

    Younger (cheaper) options are available. Vesey is a longshot, but possible. Motte,Hayden(another c/rw prospect) are a couple names to ponder. The likelihood of Ladd being retained is as likely as Saad coming back next summer.

  13. I’d like to see something put together for Justin Schultz.

    You’d like to see that until Schultz took his first shift. Dude’s hot garbage.

  14. Brilliant decision by Stan Bowman & the Blackhawks to go “all-in” for another Cup when the core is healthy & capable of winning again.

    Let’s leave it to the scouting department to find the next “signee” in place of a first round “draftee”.

  15. I was at the farms the whole day.

    I shit you guys not. At the farms checking the haylage/silage I heard the song on radio and havnt heard it in awhile.

  16. A. Justin, thats not funny, I agree w you. I posted re this a couple of weeks ago. Versteeg is an unrestricted free agent as well; Carolina would need to retain a little salary, so what? Bottom six would be kruger shaw desjardins (last year’s playoff line), and versteeg danault panik, w sekac and whoever else from rockford on call.

    Now thats a far better “roll four lines” . We ll see.

  17. Full marks to Stan. Last year the crown jewel at the deadline was A. Vermette and Stan struck fast and got him.
    This year the crown jewel was Ladd and Stan once again pounced.
    Are the Hawks a better team tonight than last night ? Absolutely.

    By contrast, Marc Bergevin had a chance to get Patrick Sharp at the draft and waited and waited, then said when N. Juulson was still available there was no way he trade such a prospect for Sharp. Wow. Maybe Juulson pans out by 2020, but Montreal’s season went down the tubes. Bergevin had a call a news conference to say it was his fault. Indecision, hemming and hawwing and they got what they got.

  18. I like the move. Of course it’s a risk to spend a 1st and Dano for a rental – if the Hawks then it was worth it, if they don’t the trade will be seen by some as an overpayment. So be it, in my opinion Stan was right to take the risk.

    Now, how well will Ladd mesh with Toews and Hossa? He doesn’t have the speed of Toews and Hossa, but he does have the strength and toughness to play along the boards which should compliment the style Toews and Hossa play. He’s also responsible defensively which should fit well. So, time will tell, but I’m optimistic.

    Hopefully Stan isn’t done and he acquires a solid d-man. Rumors have the Hawks talking to Vancouver about Dan Hamhuis. I think he would be a nice pickup and would solidify the backend. Go get him Stan.

  19. Great shot across the bow to the Kings, Ducks and Blues who think they can thump the Hawks around.

    I am with Ebony. With the Hawks clearly going or it, a number 4 defenseman is a must.

    Keep in mind Q wants somebody that can play with “pace”. We will know by Monday.

    Since SB no longer as a 1st or 2nd rounder, I expect McNeill, Pokka or Hartman to be moved.

  20. My first thought was how can SB give up a player with top 6 potential in Dano, In realty he may or may not pan out and the Hawks have had other players with top 6 potential not work out. Adding Ladd instantly solidifies the top line and putting Shaw on line 3 solidifies your bottom 6.
    I like this move a lot and considering now the Hawks got Anisimov and Ladd for Sadd and and a 1st round draft pick and that deal looks better all the time. I think everyone needs to give credit where it’s due. We have a GM named after the Stanley Cup and it shows!

  21. “Over payed”

    How so? To acquire a top 6 player at the deadline a 1st rounder is a must (and it will be late so kind of a crapshoot). a conditional 3rd if we win the cup… fair enough… and then No NHL rostered player for someone who has experience in the system, knowledge of the guys (so no awkward moving in period), 2 cups to his name and should gel with Toews just fine… Sounds good to me!

    Yes Dano has potential, but we DIDNT trade Pokka, Schmaltz, T.T., Danualt, Hartman, McNeil, Shaw, or Hino. Dano wasnt going to be difference maker THIS year… Ladd can be. Yes it stinks to lose Dano, but if the front office didnt think he could cut it as a LW, then his path was blocked by Hossa/Kane anyway, so maximize his value now.

    Stan gets an A+ from me, but i dont see how this can be anything worse than a B to anyone.

  22. Hell yes, a tremendous addition! I was giddy when I heard this news break just before the game last night. Ladd brings many different positive aspects to the lineup. Q will slowly come up with 4 solid lines that will give the Hawks a shot at another deep play off run now that Ladd will fill in the hole that has been left wing 1st line. SB has made a strong move to make this team more competitive with most of the core players in their prime. The window remains open for the Hawks to challenge for another Cup. You have to go for it.

    Ladd is likely a rental, but like Vermette last year adding a player of Ladd’s caliber really helps to solidify the lineup. Ladd never wanted to leave here after the 2010 Cup run. He has to be jacked up to coming back to join his buddies. His toughness and tenacity are qualities this team needs.

    One of my favorite Ladd moments with the Hawks was when he dropped gloves off a face off with Kesler and stunned the Knucklehead with a sneaky left. Priceless.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  23. The Ladd move has made the Hawks very Cup competitive. The price was high but this move will give us two dominant lines. It will also get Shaw back on the third line where he belongs. This will make the third line more dangerous. When Kruger comes back hopefully that will be the end of Mashinter and Rasmussen. Q will be able to confidently roll out 4 lines and the Hawks will be very tough to beat.

  24. Glad that Rufus is NOT our GM!

    SB acquired the top left wing available and kept a very good young player in Teuvo Teravainen!

    If giving up Dano (who is a good young player) and high draft picks is what it takes to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions, I am all for it!

  25. Stan owed it to the fans to do whatever he could within reason to give the hawks the best chance to repeat. However it plays out I won’t second guess him. Go hawks!!

  26. Just curious to see other fans opinions. With Ladd, Hoss, and Krugs taking roster spots in the playoffs which 3 forwards get bumped? My guess is Desjardins and Tuevo are sticking around which means Mash, Panik, Rasmussen, Sekac, and Danualt will make up the 3 odd men out. Also what do you think the best line combos would be for lines 3&4? Looks like the mustache might start the line carousel spinning in overdrive at some point.

  27. Jason,

    My thoughts would be to return to the 4th line of last year’s playoff run of Dejardins-Kruger-Shaw. The third line I would go with Panik-Denault-Teravainen. That said, I have much more confidence in Q coming up with the best line combinations, so I will relent to his wisdom!

  28. Not sure about Panik yet but Sekac does have some playoff experience with the Ducks last year. I would also roll the 4th line of last year’s playoffs of Desi-Kruger-Shaw- they were so dominant- and it would help to have a solid finisher on the 3rd for TT’s playmaking. Hopefully either Panik-Sekac-Denault-Rasmussen can assert themselves more in the coming games.

  29. Glad to see Ladd back will really help first line and free up Shaw for the bottom six. I know SB has traded the first two picks in this years draft but maybe he’ll hit the free agent market and come up with another Panarin or Gustafson only can hope. The scouting staff seems to hit the college and european market pretty well.

  30. Awesome move. Stan pulls the trigger, no fear. Put the pedal to the metal. Going for it all – absolutely. More evidence of the depth and strength of the entire Blackhawks ownership. We’ve seen clubs over the years that had very good and some great players, but poor coaching, substandard mgmt. Chicago really has it all right now. Everybody is very high caliber and all-in. Top owner, superior front office, best GM, best damn coach, superstars on the ice. and I really like the beer man in section 12, too

  31. Had given up on getting Ladd. Very, very predictable player which Q values. Set for the playoffs with injuries starting to be noticed, and probably more of a factor next year. Excellent move to go for it now. Should also be a lift forLadd, given Buff’s contract getting all the attention,

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