That gives the Blackhawks two mega-lines, and I think Ladd is in for a solid bump, most noticeably in plus/minus.
Don’t go crazy, though. It’s not as if he’s been handed chopped liver in Winnipeg; most wingers would brave the frigid conditions to bump up their market value alongside Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. The Jets, at least at their best, can attack in an impressive fashion. This upgrade is a bigger deal for the Blackhawks than it is for Ladd’s value.
At least, I think.
Maybe being reunited with his 2010 Stanley Cup teammates, with a chance to bump up his UFA value with a Stanley Cup, will really make Ladd pick up the pace?
Don’t get me wrong, Ladd is worth grabbing. He’s largely unavailable (owned in 81 percent of Yahoo leagues as of this writing), but obviously take a look and see if you might get lucky. Just don’t trade the farm for maybe the jewel of the 2016 trade deadline.
Just one tired guy’s opinion, mind you.
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FLYERS 3, WILD 2
-- Michal Neuvirth has been excellent this season, at least during those times when he's avoided injuries.
For most of us, his season stats tell the story: 14-7-4 with a .927 save percentage and three shutouts.
If you are especially number-averse, just watch his game-saving stop from Thursday in a loop. It's a jaw-dropper.
-- A rare goal for Mark Streit, who hadn't collected a tally since Jan. 13 (!) and only managed an additional assist in that span. He's still been grabbing some decent ice time (21:25 TOI after averaging 22:22 last season but 20:39 in 2013-14) so it seems like he's really just dropped off the map.
At 38, maybe age caught up with him, but at least it makes for a smooth transition to Shayne Gostisbehere.
-- Sign the Flyers might be tanking: Andy MacDonald received 24:02 TOI vs. just 21:30 for Ghost Bear.
-- No win tonight, but Thomas Vanek continues to seem ... well, awake. He scored a goal and an assist in this game, giving him five points in four contests.
BLUE JACKETS 6, DEVILS 1
-- Columbus finished the 2014-15 season so strong, they fooled management into thinking that the Blue Jackets had the makings of a legit contender (LOL).
All mockery aside, the Blue Jackets sure seem like an upset threat, so don't pencil them in as the same weak opponent as, say, Buffalo or Toronto (ouch, Carolina).
Good for Foligno, who also grabbed an assist ... but he still stands as a contract year cautionary tale.
KINGS 2, OILERS 1
Neither player was traded as of this writing, but that could happen soon.
Even if it doesn't, this is a good reminder to be careful re: deadline scratches. If a guy's rumored to go, and it's a busy night where players are getting benched, maybe err on the side of a "safer" choice.
-- I want the Kings to add a little offensive punch because they look legitimate but have also been legitimately boring at times.
At least Jeff Carter showed some life in scoring his 15th goal.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, HURRICANES 1
-- Ah, a battle of two goalies who've probably gotten too much leash.
-- I know the Hurricanes are sort of in the mix, but I'd sell away.
Their possession stats point to a brighter future than some would think, but I still believe that they'd be better off cutting ties to that Stanley Cup group. They've failed and failed and failed for so long that it's time to move on.
-- P.A. Parenteau scored a goal and an assist in this game, bumping up his trade value in the process. It would be funny to see him get traded just because it would push Toronto's offense down another level on the heels of James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul getting shut down for the season.
PANTHERS 3, COYOTES 2
-- You might want to sit down, because this is going to be hard to believe ... but the Panthers and Coyotes combined for less than 50 SOG (49 to be exact).
-- Aleksander Barkov returned to Florida's lineup with a splash, scoring two goals on four SOG.
With that, he hit 37 points in 44 games, setting a new career-high (he generated 36 in 71 games last season). Yep, he's breaking through in a big way.
-- Oliver Ekman-Larsson already has 18 goals (and 47 points) in 61 games this season. He has a shot at matching last season's career-high 23 goals, and his 47 points is already the best he's ever generated.
He has a ridiculous 56 goals since 2013-14.
-- The early word was optimistic, but keep an eye out for updates regarding Louis Domingue. He may have hurt his knee.
RANGERS 2, BLUES 1
-- Henrik Lundqvist is just the third goalie in NHL history to post at least 10 seasons of 30+ wins.
He almost managed 30 in the streak-ruining 2012-13 season, grabbing 24 wins in 43 games. He's generated 30 in every season he had a real chance, doing so in all 10 of his full seasons.
/Shakes fist at the least necessary of a series of cringe-worthy work stoppages.
-- Ryan McDonagh logged 24:44 TOI in his return to the Rangers lineup. He didn't score any points, but he did manage a +2 rating.
-- It would be kind of amusing if his return pushed out last season's high-priced rental Keith Yandle, who only logged 16:54 TOI. I imagine he wouldn't be moved because of face-saving, but who knows?
-- Jori Lehtera was injured in this game and there was no immediate update right afterward. Bad sign?
PREDATORS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1
-- Nashville's on a roll lately, with a 5-0-3 mark in its last eight games. The Predators are even hotter on the road, going 8-0-2 in their last 10 away contests.
-- As I mentioned recently, Pekka Rinne's terrible start to the season is either A) Not your problem if you grabbed him in a trade or B) In the past.
If he can play this well with any kind of consistency (38 out of 39 stops), the Preds could be a pain to deal with.
-- Shea Weber missed another game with a lower-body injury. Ryan Ellis was the main beneficiary of his absence, only trailing Roman Josi's 26:52 TOI with 25:56 TOI of his own. Ellis generated an assist, a +2 rating, four SOG and three blocked shots.
JETS 6, STARS 3
-- Here's hoping this didn't hatch any "Clearly the Jets were relieved that Andrew Ladd was traded" type articles.
Then again, there's always SOMEONE who would provide that hot take. Thanks a lot, Internet.
-- Joel Armia had a big game here, scoring a beautiful goal (and two goals overall) along with an assist.
-- Patrick Sharp factored into all of Dallas' goals, collecting three assists in this loss.
This extends a four-game point streak in which he has a goal and five assists.
Good thing Dallas isn't spending a lot on --- oh, woops.
ISLANDERS 2, FLAMES 1 (OT)
Hudler's dropped off while those two young forwards continue to prove themselves, but it's still a bit of a bummer to see that fun line broken up.
You know, if Hudler gets traded.
-- Jaroslav Halak is now on a three-game winning streak. His 16-12-4 record would imply that he's had a poor season, yet his .920 save percentage argues that he may have lacked goal support, at least on some nights.
More than anything else, Thomas Greiss has just been that much better.
Some fret over Halak vs. Greiss, but having two good options is a lot better than none.
/Camera pans to a sad Marc Bergevin.
CANUCKS 5, SENATORS 3
-- This marks the first three-point game of Matt Bartkowski's career, as he generated two goals and one assist on three SOG. If that SOG total didn't indicate it enough to you, no, I don't expect him to become an offensive force.
-- Emerson Etem scored two goals, albeit one into an empty net.
It's kind of hard to believe that he's just 23. Perhaps he'll get back on track with the Canucks?
-- You won't see many days like these for Erik Karlsson: zero points, -4 rating, although he did fire five SOG.
-- With two assists in this game, Dion Phaneuf now has six points in eight GP as a member of the Senators.
Hopefully they weren't grading the trade on whether or not Phaneuf can lift Ottawa to the playoffs, as that might have been too late. We shall see.