WINNIPEG - Team captain Andrew Ladd says he sees both sides of the argument, but admits he’d be thrilled to wear the jersey that’s synonymous with NHL hockey in Winnipeg.
A Jets jersey.
“I’d love it. It’s got history,” Ladd, the first member of the former Atlanta Thrashers to hit town, said Thursday. “I was talking to (former Chicago teammate and Winnipegger) Cam Barker the other day, and he was like, ‘There might be a riot if they go in a differnt direction.’ I’m a big fan of the name.
"But it’s a new group, and I don’t think the success was there in the past and we want to start something new here, too.”
Ladd and his fiancee flew in to meet team brass and check out the city. They planned to visit various areas to see where they might want to live, should they put down roots after their wedding next month.
Scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 1, Ladd told reporters he hasn’t begun negotiations on a new contract with Kevin Cheveldayoff, but likes what he heard of the vision of the newly hired GM Thursday morning.
“And I trust it, too, which is a big thing,” Ladd said. “You need to trust people you’re going to work with and know that you’re in good hands. I have a lot of respect for Chevy and looking forward to working with him.”
A 29-goal scorer this past season, Ladd was a member of the Blackhawks for Chicago’s Stanley Cup title a year ago when Cheveldayoff was the team’s assistant GM.