I’m fairly sure that the fans at Philips will me more enthused about Laddie than Bart was.
The Thrashers won’t have to deal with any more arbitration worries this season, as they signed forward Andrew Ladd this morning for $2.35 million, which is a nice little raise from his previous salary of $1,650,000. Ladd was fresh off a career season in Chicago where he netted 17 goals and 21 assists for the Blackhawks. His numbers dropped off a bit when Marian Hossa returned from injury in November, but Ladd was still good for three goals and three assists in the playoffs for the Cup champs.
I would expect his two Cup rings (Chicago and also Carolina in 2006) would add a bit of drive to the locker room, and make him a player to turn to should the Thrashers find themselves in playoff contention this season, God willing. Ladd’ll probably end up on the 3rd line much as he was for most of the season in Chicago, but he does have top six experience if necessary.