Great blog by Geoff on the Ladd trade!!
(c) Geoff Brookes
Andrew Ladd is moving on.
We will miss his intensity, his leadership, and his skill around the net.
But let’s be real. He could have signed a contract extension with the Jets. He chose not to.
I am fully aware that Andrew Ladd, like all NHL players, uses an agent to do his contract negotiations. Andrew Ladd doesn’t do the negotiations himself. But at some point, a player can choose to say to his agent, “Look, I’d like to stay in Winnipeg if I can. Can you try to get a deal done with the Jets, please?”
In case you think I’m reaching to make a point, consider this. Dustin Byfuglien repeatedly made public comments emphasizing that he wanted to stay in Winnipeg. It isn’t a big stretch to think that he said that to his agent as well. No-one says that Andrew Ladd has to like…
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