Andrew Ladd sure sounds like a guy who understands his time with the Winnipeg Jets is nearing an end.
Speaking after the morning skate Tuesday, Ladd was asked if he’d thought about the chance this could be his final home game in a Jets uniform.
“I realize the situation and what’s going on. I obviously hope it’s not….it’s kind of sad to think about,” says Ladd.
It’s widely expected Ladd will be traded before Monday’s deadline. Tonight’s 7 p.m. puck drop is the team’s final home date before that day.
So does Ladd now expect to be traded?
“I guess I can kind of see the writing on the wall,” he says. “The last few games have felt a little weird. To be honest with you, I’m kind of used to it. I’m just trying to enjoy playing hockey.
Ladd says he still wants to stay in Winnipeg and remains hopeful but admits contract talks have broken down, he and his agent haven’t received a new offer and he hasn’t had any meaningful conversations with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
His teammates say they aren’t thinking about saying goodbye to the two time Stanley Cup champion. Blake Wheeler said today he was still optimistic a deal could get done.
But it sure seems unlikely now.
The third member of the Jets long time top line, Bryan Little, won’t play tonight. He skated this morning but in a non-contact jersey as he recovers from that hit by Tampa Bay defenceman Anton Stralman.