I’m sure everyone is well aware that Ladd signed a new contract this afternoon. He will earn $4.0M next year and $4.5M in years 2 through 5 for a cap hit of $4.4M per year.
I freaking love this deal!
The dollar value and the term are both great. After all the craziness over the past few days, I was expecting something north of $5M per year. This contract will take him through his prime to age 31 at which point the situation can be appropriately re-evaluated.
Ladd seems to be a quality player and person. On top of his skill, he brings all the intangibles that teams look for, plus he’s only 25 years old and he already has 2 Stanley Cup rings. This bodes well for the perception of Winnipeg around the league and should carry some weight with other players, both on the Jets and still remaining in the free agent pool.
Great job Chevy! If he continues to sign common-sense, appropriate contracts like this, all will be well in Winnipeg.