Ladd to Thrashers

The purging continues.

Rick Dudley is dead set on building the Blackhawks south.  This time grabbing Andrew Ladd from the Hawks for Ivan Vishnevskiy and next year’s 2nd round pick.  Based on the package he sent the Hawks, it’s apparent the Thrashers will be paying Ladd upwards of $3 million dollars.  That clearly wasn’t going to happen in Chicago. 

The Hawks were able to grab one of the best prospects in Atlanta’s system for a guy not even under contract.  In addition, they have someone who will instantly be in the mix for next year’s defensive rotation instead of counting on the likes of Shawn Lalonde or Brian Connelly. 

More to come later, most likely.

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22 Responses to Ladd to Thrashers

  1. Lee says:

    Enforcers smorcers, they are now a really soft team

  2. John says:

    They got 12 guys on their roster; wait until they fill it out before you cry to the heavens.

  3. CT says:

    Why don’t we give them a chance to actually fill out the roster first, Lee?

  4. Otter says:

    Ugh. At least they won. At least they won.

  5. CT says:

    Dammit, John.

  6. Patrick says:

    Fare-the-well, Andrew Ladd – you were a good soldier with the wrong year to have your contract come up (if he wanted to stay with the Hawks, that is). Hope the money works in your favor.

    It will be interesting to see what the Hawks do next. Think Vishnevskiy breaks camp with the Hawks for the upcoming season, and if so, is he paired with Hendry, or someone else?

  7. John says:

    Prospect camp is going to be wild this year. It’s basically going to be an open tryout for a lot of guys.

  8. Lou says:

    CT. Lee can’t.

    Sad to see Ladd go he was a solid role player. But to get a good asset for a guy we can’t sign is always a good thing.

    If you stock enough talent in the system. You can compete for long periods of time. For some strange reason, I don’t think we have seen the best of Toews and Kane just yet……

  9. Lee says:

    Vishnevskiy played for the wolves and I watched a few of their games on TV and sure don’t remember him standing out

  10. Lee says:

    Burish signs with the Stars

  11. John says:

    Good riddance on Burish. Vishnevskiy had 12 points in 28 games for the Wolves. Not bad for a d-man. He came over in the Lethonen trade so he was only with them at the end of the year.

  12. Lou says:

    To bad avery isn’t with them. That would be a fun locker room. Would have liked to see him in the east w Pronger

  13. Lee says:

    I’m happy as a lark cause Stanbow just signed John Scott to a 2 year contract and he is the tough guy I wanted and can also play a little defense

  14. Lou says:

    This means we never are to hear about toughness from you again!!!!!

  15. Dave Morris says:

    Here ya go, Lee…

    At 6’8″, 260, John Scott is The New Buff.

    …or maybe the new King Kong Korab.

    Either way, the Hawks won’t be pushed around next season.

  16. Dave Morris says:

    PS @Lee Rosenberg> I watched Vishnievskiy play those few games with Dallas last season.

    The kid is good…but then, he *was* a first round pick.

    Stan The Man strikes again.

  17. Big Tony says:

    The fact that Bowman keeps getting value…and in the case of the Buff trade, exceptional value…in trades that everyone knows he HAS to make is incredible to me. Not only that, he’s getting value for guys we had almost no chance of re-signing in Ladd, Eager and Buff after this season. To think what he could accomplish with some cap room to spend!!

  18. Wade says:

    Assuming the Hawks use the traditional criteria for a player getting his name on the Cup (i.e., play in either 41 regular season games OR play in at least one Stanley Cup Final game), by my count, 23 of the 24 Hawks who participated in the postseason will get their name engraved on the Cup. (Bickell is the only one who won’t.)

    Incredibly enough, it looks like 10 of those 23 players (Byfuglien, Eager, Sopel, Versteeg, Ladd, Fraser, Burish, Madden, Huet, Boynton) will no longer be with the organization when the rings are passed out and the banner is raised on Oct. 9th versus Detroit. Should the Hawks decide not to re-sign Jordan Hendry as a RFA, the number would grow to 11 — very nearly half of the Cup-winning team.

    No editorial comment … just an observation.

  19. Mauro says:

    … is there any additional information available on the prospect camp next weekend (times, etc.)? it will be my first… is it typically general admission?
    thanks in advance guys!

  20. John says:

    Not sure of the dates or times for prospect camp, but I’m almost positive it’s open to the public with no charge.

  21. Josh says:

    July 9th-13th, open to the public, and like John said; it’s free. Exact times and camp roster haven’t been released yet.

    Anyone thinking of making an appearance? I’m shooting for Friday or Monday, but I’ll see how my schedule shakes out.

  22. Josh says:

    Scratch that, it’s July 9th-12th. Damn cell keyboards…

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