Posted January 06, 2019 07:00:49The New York Jets are on the brink of a long-term deal with defenseman Andrew Ladd.
The Jets have had interest in Ladd for years, and are finally ready to make an offer, according to a league source.
Ladd, 28, is a career plus-28 and will make $2.4 million in the final year of a four-year, $5.3 million contract he signed in 2014.
The New Jersey native has scored three goals and added two assists in 22 games with the team.
The team’s top two defensemen, Kevin Klein and Josh Morrissey, are both unrestricted free agents.LADD is eligible for arbitration and could be in line for a raise as well.
The Jets are also considering re-signing goalie Anthony DeAngelo.
The trade to acquire Ladd will be announced Tuesday.
Lads GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Ladd is “the most important player” in the team’s rebuild, and the team will be able to move him for a prospect in the draft if necessary.
“I think we’re going to find a player, and that’s the most important thing, and we’re gonna do that,” Chevelledayoff told reporters on Wednesday.
“I think if you can get a guy that’s as good of a prospect as Andrew Laddon, you’re going have a real opportunity to make a big splash.”
The Jets, who are in the middle of their worst start in franchise history, are still trying to find their footing with the acquisition of veteran forward Tobias Enstrom.
The club also has to make some tough decisions about defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Jacob Trouba.
The organization is expected to make several moves to get to the NHL’s 30th anniversary this summer.
General manager Kevin Chevalley said the Jets have a $10 million cap hit next season, but that they have $25 million in salary-cap space.
He said they will have to use that space to sign free agents in the coming weeks.
The Winnipeg Free Press’ Steve Simmons contributed to this report.