NHL Trade Rumors: Reviewing Reports Surrounding Andrew Ladd and More

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NHL Trade Rumors: Reviewing Reports Surrounding Andrew Ladd and More
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The Jets may part with Andrew Ladd at the trade deadline.

The NHL trade deadline is less than a week away, and based on recent history, there will be a slew of moves that will involve the majority of the league's 30 teams.

Some will be major moves, like the one that saw the New York Rangers acquire defenseman Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes a year ago, while the vast majority will not involve big-name players.

However, they all will have a purpose. Some teams want some veteran help to give them a better chance of having a long run in the postseason, while other teams are hoping to get something for a veteran player who will be a free agent at the end of the season. By moving that player by the trade deadline, a team can at least get something in return for the future.

One of those players is forward Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets, who is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season. Since the Jets recently re-signed defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a multi-year contract, they are not expected to do the same with Ladd. The left wing has scored 16 goals and 17 assists this season, and has topped the 20-goal mark four times in his career.

Several teams have called Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, according to TSN senior correspondent Gary Lawless. At least one of those teams is believed to have offered the Jets general manager a first-round pick and a prospect.

Lawless reported that Anaheim, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Washington are believed to have an interest in the 30-year-old left wing.

Ladd was a part of the 2010 Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup.

Chicago, which won its third Stanley Cup in the last six seasons in 2015, is believed to be in the market for a big-name left wing to put on the team's top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Veteran reporter Bob McKenzie, one of the most high-profile and trusted journalists covering the league, made that report on a recent TSN broadcast. While Ladd could be the player that fits the bill, the Blackhawks could also be pursuing a different player.

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Chris Kreider's inability to finish scoring chances may be the source of the Rangers' willingness to listen to offers for him.

The New York Rangers are currently in a playoff position, and after getting to the Eastern Conference Final a year ago, they seem a likely postseason participant again.

Under most circumstances, that would make them buyers at the trade deadline. However, they are willing to move speedy winger Chris Kreider, according to a report from the New York Post's Larry Brooks.

Brooks wrote that the Rangers have made it known that Kreider "is available" to teams that are prepared to do business with Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton.

Kreider, who has scored 11 goals and 17 assists this season, is one of the fastest players in the league. However, he has trouble finishing off scoring opportunities, and that's why the Rangers are apparently willing to let him go in a trade.

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