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‘It still feels like he’s just hurt or something': Ladd makes return to Winnipeg with Blackhawks

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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 28: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks awaits a face-off against the Washington Capitals at the United Center on February 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Capitals 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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For the first time since being traded to Chicago prior to the trade deadline, Andrew Ladd will make his return to Winnipeg to play the Jets as a member of the Blackhawks.

Ladd was with the Thrashers franchise when it made the move from Atlanta to Winnipeg and was re-branded as the Jets, and he captained the Jets to their first playoff appearance since the return to that market in 2011-12.

From The Canadian Press:

Ladd got together with some of his former Jets teammates Thursday night. That included forward Blake Wheeler, who admitted he’s still adjusting to the loss of his friend and long-time linemate.

“It still feels like he’s just hurt or something and we’re expecting him back at any time,” Wheeler said after Winnipeg’s skate.

The addition of Ladd no doubt helps solidify the Blackhawks as a team with potential to go on another long playoff run.

In eight games with Chicago since the deal, Ladd has scored twice and added two assists.

However, despite being active leading up to the trade deadline and building for a lengthy run in the post-season, the Blackhawks have struggled in March, with two wins in seven games. They’ve also lost four straight with one of a possible eight points in that span.