Islanders five players who could be gone next season
Lou has been trying to move Andrew Ladd since the start of the 2019-20 season. According to Mike Russo of The Athletic, Lou’s been in communication with the Minnesota Wild since last summer about a possible trade (subscription required) for Andrew Ladd with Zach Parise coming back the other way.
It’s clear at this point that Andrew Ladd is surplus to requirements in Lou Lamoriello’s eyes and that the Isles GM is actively trying to find a new home for the 15-year NHL veteran.
I know that for most Islanders fans Andrew Ladd has been surplus to requirements for a while. From day one, there were questions if Ladd could justify the seven-year $38.5 million deal that Garth Snow gave him.
And we weren’t wrong to be worried. In his four years with the Islanders Ladd has 181 games just over two full seasons worth of games. In that time he’s produced 39 goals and 72 points. That’s hardly worth $5.5 million per year on the cap.
Ladd has missed time due to back issues and a torn ACL that he suffered in 2019. And at 34-years-old, it’s not likely to get better for Ladd on the injury front.
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He still has three more years on his deal after 2019-20, but Lou is likely going to find Ladd a new home next season. There’s going to be a team out there that needs to hit the cap floor that could use Ladd’s $5.5 million deal.