The Islanders have placed NHL veteran Andrew Ladd on waivers for re-assignment to the AHL. Ladd needs more time and the Isles are giving it to him.
No sense burying the lead. The Islanders have placed Andrew Ladd on waivers. They did so in order to re-assign him to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The veteran NHL’er has been consistently sidelined with an injury and Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello wanted him to get more playing time before giving him a roster spot. An absolutely sensible move by a GM that’s running this team sensibly.
Newsday’s Andrew Gross was the first to report the news that the Islanders had placed the 14-year vet on waivers (with his approval).
While the Islanders will receive some cap relief for the move, that isn’t the goal of the move. The Islanders want to see Andrew Ladd play more than that five-game stint he just played with the Sound Tigers. And Ladd wants the time to get back to full strength.
Remember, Ladd hasn’t played an NHL game since March 24, 2019. He also missed games between November 14, 2018, and February 26, 2019. Ladd needs time to get some games under his belt.
As Lou says, it’s hard to believe that another NHL team will claim him. Ladd has another three years at a $5.5 million cap hit. Along with missing 86 games since joining the Islanders, it’s inconceivable to think one of the 30 other NHL GM’s would be so willing to take on Ladd’s contract.
To being with only six teams have enough cap space for Ladd’s deal. None are going to do so for a player that has 71 points in 177 games played over the last three seasons. And with Ladd’s list of recent injuries.
Ladd will clear waivers and play in Bridgeport where he’s been excellent. In seven games with the Sound Tigers over the last two seasons, Ladd has six points. Something a Sound Tigers side who find themselves last in the AHL’s Atlantic Division could use.
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It’s nice to know that a $5.5 million cap hit doesn’t guarantee Andrew Ladd a roster spot. He, just like everyone else, will have to earn their spot on the roster. It’s nice to have grown-ups running this team.