Sorry folks, but the only child starts high school Monday and I was attending freshman orientation on Thursday morning. I tweeted the news of the Andrew Ladd signing from my cellphone during breaks (much to the unhappiness of Mrs. C-Viv.)
Here are the details:
The Thrashers signed Andrew Ladd to a one-year contract worth $2.35 million on Thursday, avoiding arbitration on the day of the scheduled hearing.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward, obtained from Stanley Cup champion Chicago in June, received a qualifying offer from the team following the trade and then filed for arbitration.
Ladd earned $1.65 million last season with the Blackhawks and had 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists). Following the trade, Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley said he expected Ladd to receive a significant increase in salary.
The Thrashers acquired Ladd, a first-round pick (No. 4 overall) in 2004, from Chicago for defenseman prospect Ivan Vishnevskiy, obtained from Dallas in the Kari Lehtonen trade,