Update: Andrew Ladd has signed a seven-year deal with the Islanders worth $38.5 million, reports Aaron Ward.
The Islanders hosted Ladd earlier this week on Long Island, Arthur Staple of Newsday reported.
TSN's Darren Dreger recently tweeted that the Isles are among the teams interested in bringing Ladd into their fold.
In 78 games between the Jets and Blackhawks last regular season, Ladd scored 25 goals and tallied 21 assists with a 51.4 Corsi For Percentage. In Chicago's seven-game playoff loss to St. Louis, Ladd had a goal and an assist.
Ladd, 30, made $4.5 million last season.
Seven years is a lot for the 30 year old Ladd, but I think the Isles did well here with a $5.5 million AAV.
Let's keep in mind that Ladd is a proven goal scorer (he has scored 20 or more goals in five of the last six season, 18 in the lockout-shortened '12-'13 campaign), and has two Stanley Cups to his name. With that kind of production and winning pedigree, you were going to have to overpay a little, and New York did so in years, but not really in money.
I like this signing a lot. I think Ladd will primarily play on the top line with John Tavares, and I think he'll go a long way in making JT better, both by creating more space and helping him grow as a leader.
We'll never quite know how much value "proven winners" actually bring, as that's hard to quantify, but I think Ladd could be a guy who helps a team that is still a little short on playoff experience in that department. And let's not forget, when it does come time for a new JT contract, he'll know Ladd is locked up for the long-term. That could make the deal pay for itself.