With the NHL trade deadline approaching quickly, teams are aiming to deal a blockbuster trade that will make or break a team.
One team that is known for big trades are the Chicago Blackhawks with their GM Stan Bowman.
The most recent and most talked about trade thus far happened yesterday:
The Blackhawks have been needing a front six winger for the entirety of this season. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad were traded over the off-season and that left a decent hole in the lineup, and Andrew Ladd can fill it.
Matt Fraser (tbt), a forward, and Jay Harrison, a defenseman, aren’t the parts of Chicago’s side that are most important; Andrew Ladd is.
Ladd has been doing well so far this season with the Jets with 17 goals and 17 apples.
Keep in mind that he has been on the Blackhawks before, from 2007 to 2010, and made an important impact on the 2010 Stanley Cup season. While in Chicago, he averaged around the same production rate that he has right now.
Ladd went on a conference call with ESPN and spoke about coming back: "I knew that it was a probability that I was going to end up being traded and I think Chicago was on the top of my list for places I wanted to be."
He’ll probably end up on the first line with Jonathon Toews and Marian Hossa, and will fill the previously mentioned hole in the front six. With Ladd going up front, that drops down Andrew Shaw, which creates even more depth in the lineup.
As far as what the Hawks gave up: I liked Marko Dano in the 13 games that he played this season for the Hawks. He didn’t make a huge impact, but you knew when he was out there. He might have been something yuge in the next few years but getting Ladd for him is a good trade.
The first round pick is a sizeable risk, but the Hawks have a young enough talent pool where it won’t hurt as bad as it would other teams. The third round pick isn’t as risky, because the Hawks need to win the cup to lose it, but I don’t think anyone in their office is that worried about a third rounder, anyways.
Add in the fact that the Jets retain 36% of Ladds remaining salary and the deal is even better.
I give the trade an A-. Not bad.
Imagine what the Bruins could get for Loui if this is what the Jets get for Ladd?
P.S.S.: One of the best photos ever: