Steven Stamkos is the grand prize of the NHL’s free-agent market this summer, but veteran winger Andrew Ladd is a pretty good consolation prize for teams that miss out on the Tampa Bay Lightning center.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Wednesday a list of several teams interested in acquiring the two-time Stanley Cup champion.
Ladd is best suited as a second-line forward now and a third-line forward toward the end of his next contract. His ceiling at age 30 probably is around 55 points, which isn’t bad but not worth the money he’ll likely command (maybe $6.5 million or more per season).
Ladd tallied 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 78 games between the Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets last season, a decline of 16 points from the previous campaign.
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