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Friedman Thinks “Some Pretty Big Teams Are In On Andrew Ladd”

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Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Friday morning.

On the NHL trade scene, on Russell, on Hudler, whatever:

“Like I’ve said, I’ve said that I think Hudler will go at some point.

“I think the interesting team is going to be Anaheim. Look, they’re two points out of first now, right? And they’re going for a forward. I’m really curious to see who they’re going to end up with… I think they are searching the market for forwards.

“Ladd is the interesting one to me. It’s kind of gone radio silent in those conversations with the Jets right now. I do know they were planning on giving it at least one more run, and I think some pretty big teams are in on Andrew Ladd.

“Florida has been linked to him, which makes a lot of sense because of his history with Dale Tallon. But I think Chicago could be there. I think Anaheim could be there. I think there’s a lot of teams very curious about Ladd.

“I am really curious to see what Anaheim is going to do because suddenly they’re looking like everything that we expected them to be, and I think they’re going to go out for a forward. Somebody with an edge to him.

“I think Florida wants the same thing. One thing about Florida is they’re a really nasty team to play against. They’re looking for a powerful kind of forward there too.

“Sometimes you don’t get a lot for a guy who’s a rental. I think Winnipeg is going to be in a really interesting position here, if they decide that they’re dealing Ladd. And even though Cheveldayoff is very quiet, most opponents seem to think that’s the path they’re going to go down. ”

“The other guy that Winnipeg has – and again, it’s tough with them because they do a good job of keeping quiet – is Trouba. I think we always get caught up in the rental market. Teams will tell you now if they’re going to give away their biggest price in terms of draft picks or prospects or whatever, they want it for term. Depending on what Winnipeg decides to do, that’s a guy you’ve got term with and I think teams would really like to have him.”

Source: Sportsnet 960/ Transcript: Nichols

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