The HockeyFanLand brand came to life in 2010. Every NHL season since then, the Chicago Blackhawks have been the Stanley Cup favorites. This team has made the life of a Las Vegas odds-maker very simple. As hockey fans, we all know the story by now of the ‘modern-day dynasty’ with three silver mugs in six years.
With the acquisition of Andrew Ladd Thursday night, the Chicago Blackhawks have positioned themselves as the Stanley Cup favorites once again. The Blackhawks landed Ladd, Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser in the deal with Winnipeg in exchange for prospect Marko Dano, a first-round pick in 2016 and a conditional pick in 2018.
This is just another example of the bold moves this organization is willing to make because they understand the type of historic run they are on. Don’t forget that many believed Andrew Ladd was the biggest trade chip on the board heading into Monday’s trade deadline. There was a lot of interest from around the league, but it was Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman who stepped in and pulled the trigger. The winning culture is evident throughout the Blackhawks organization.
Ladd, the now-former Winnipeg Jets captain, posted 17 goals and 34 points with 39 PIMs and 126 hits in 59 games this season. It’s hard to argue with his credentials. The guy has two Stanley Cups on his resume already. Ladd won the Cup with Chicago back in the 2009-10 season when he was just 24 years old, so he should be a perfect fit.
The plan is to have Ladd on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Ladd just adds to the already-impressive depth of this hockey club. It’s easy to see why the Chicago Blackhawks are once again Stanley Cup favorites.
Everybody involved in the game of hockey had a feeling Ladd’s days were numbered in Winnipeg, especially after the team opted to sign defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a massive five-year extension. With that being said, Winnipeg did quite well to get maximum value for Ladd. Yes, they have to retain 36% of his salary for this season, but they are receiving a highly-skilled prospect in Marko Dano, a first-round draft pick this year and a conditional third-round pick in 2018 if the Blackhawks do, indeed, win the Stanley Cup. Not a bad haul for a trade deadline rental. Not at all.
This was simply a great hockey trade that meets the needs of both organizations and everyone involved.
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