The Flyers have wanted a power forward to play beside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek for years. Could Andrew Ladd be the answer?
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Player Name: Andrew Ladd
Current Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Weight: 200 lbs.
Stats (78 GP): 25 G, X 21, 46 PTS, -13, 45 PIM
Most Recent Cap Hit: $4.40 Million
Why the Flyers Should Target Him:
Ladd is a high-profile, proven winner. He can play anywhere on the top three lines, and has provided consistent 25-goal, 50-point seasons over the years. The Flyers have needed a left winger like Ladd ever since Scott Hartnell was traded away.
Where He Would Fit in the Lineup:
Ladd would fit perfectly on the top line beside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, but he has also played the second and third lines before. Ladd is a proven power play scorer as well.
How Much Would He Cost?
Much like Troy Brouwer, Ladd could get paid much more than he’s actually worth due to his playoff success and leadership abilities. Ladd would likely grab a 5-year contract worth $5.50 million a season.
Other Teams That Could Show Interest:
The Blackhawks would like to keep Ladd, but they may not have the funds to do so. The Islanders, Bruins, Red Wings, Predators, and Sharks are probably all interested in Ladd too.
What They’re Saying:
“In terms of fit, Ladd would be a nice complementary piece for the Flyers.
Ladd, 30, possesses a solid two-way game and isn’t afraid to throw his body around.
It might be tough to squeeze Ladd in cap-wise, but he would fit well here in terms of what the Flyers are looking for — a big, scoring winger.”