Chevy planning sit-down with Ladd

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

WINNIPEG - There are a variety of issues operating on the front burner for True North Sports and Entertainment continues to prepare for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Who to select with the seventh overall selection in the first round on Friday is one of them, but Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff also plans to sit down with representatives from captain Andrew Ladd’s camp this week in Minnesota to see if the two sides can reach a long-term agreement.

Ladd, who led the Atlanta Thrashers with 29 goals and 59 points last season, is a restricted free agent as of July 1.

“I’ve had some discussions with his agent, with respect to lots of different things, they represent a lot of different players in the draft,” said Cheveldayoff. “One thing we talked about is that between them trying to get their draft picks to different interviews and such, we’re going to carve out some time to have some good discussions. We’re going to find a way to spend some meaningful time together.”

J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, who is one of Ladd’s representatives, told the Sun on Tuesday they will indeed meet at some point this weekend.

Although the final numbers are not yet complete, there’s a chance the salary cap will rise about $64 million next season.

Would an increased salary cap help True North get a deal done with Ladd?

“I don’t know if it will help or hurt,” said Cheveldayoff. “One thing Mark (Chipman) and I have talked about, where we see this team, it’s not about spending more money, it’s about spending the money wisely and spending it on the right players that are going to help us.”

It’s believed that Ladd will be looking for a deal in the four-to-five year range for between $14 and $20 million.


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