Day one of the NHL Free agency opening and one of the big names has already been snatched up. The New York Islanders have sealed a deal with Andrew Ladd – of the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks last season.
The ex-Jets captain has signed on with the Isles for a contract worth $38.5 million over seven years. Ladd will hit $5.5 million on NYI’s cap. According to General Fanager, his contract does not include a no-movement clause.
The 6’3’’ 200lbs left winger scored 17 goals and 34 points for the Winnipeg Jets last season, along with eight goals and 12 points for the Chicago Blackhawks after the trade deadline in February.
Andrew Ladd is the exact type of player that the New York Islanders needed, seeing as playmaker Kyle Okposo has hit the free agency with many suitors vying for his signature. Ladd is a hard worker and has a great eye for the goal, and the 11-year veteran will help to bring more attacking options to the current Islanders roster.
The new Isle will be expected to also utilize his strong two-way game, working back and laying down checks to free up the puck. There is the chance that he’ll play on the top line with captain John Tavares, but his services will most likely be used on the second or third line, and definitely in one of the powerplay units.
Andrew Ladd has scored 210 goals and 466 points in his 769 NHL games, sporting a decent +38 career +/-. His experience and veteran status will do the world of good for the young forwards coming through the Islanders ranks, by the likes of Joshua Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle, and Mathew Barzal.
Whilst writing this article, the Buffalo Sabres claimed Kyle Okposo on a seven-year $42 million deal, and the Detroit Red Wings pinched Frans Nielsen on a six-year $31.5 million deal. With these two former Islanders ‘A’s leaving Brooklyn for sure, Ladd will also be relied upon for his leadership skills.