With the acquisition of Andrew Ladd, the Blackhawks can look to head into the playoffs with a solid roster. But it’s always fun to look backwards after a trade to try to figure out how we got here. And since Ladd has now been acquired by the Hawks twice, it’s even more complicated to try to figure out. So to try to make sense of it, I have prepared this expanded Andrew Ladd trade history from the perspective of the Blackhawks, with a short detour into the Brandon Saad trade.
In 2008, the Blackhawks acquired Andrew Ladd (drafted 4th overall in 2004) from Carolina, which received Tuomo Ruutu (drafted 9th overall, in 2001).
Since the trade, Ruutu has scored exactly 100 goals, including 0 in 18 games this season. In the past 4 seasons, including this year, Ruutu has not scored more than 8 goals.
In the past 4 seasons, including this year, Ladd has scored no fewer than 17 goals.
After winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, Ladd was traded on July 1st, 2010 to Atlanta (before Atlanta fled to Winnipeg) in exchange for Ivan Vishnevsky and the 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft. The 2nd round pick turned out to be Adam Clendening.
Vishnevsky played one season in Rockford and is now playing in the KHL.
Clendening played for the Blackhawks last year, and on November 20, 2014, he scored a goal on his first ever shot in the NHL. He has not scored another goal since, while playing 33 games for FOUR different teams. The next time he does score, he should just skate to the locker room and retire with perfect bookends. He could be like this guy, who hit two career home runs, in his first and last at bats.
On January 29, 2015, the Blackhawks traded Clendening to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Gustav Forsling, a Swedish defenseman who is still just 19 years old. I repeat, a Swedish defenseman. Let’s keep any eye on this one.
Clendening, meanwhile, was traded by Vancouver to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2015. After 9 games with Pittsburgh, he was traded to Anaheim. He never even played for Anaheim, which put him on waivers just 11 days after acquiring him, and he was then claimed by Edmonton, which just recently called him up.
The Blackhawks traded Marko Dano, a first round draft pick in 2016, and, conditional on winning the Stanley Cup, a 3rd round draft pick in 2018 to re-acquire Ladd, along with Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser.
Marko Dano, of course, was acquired last summer from Columbus, along with Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, and a 4th round pick in the 2016 draft in the Brandon Saad trade.*
Dano scored one goal for the Hawks in 13 games, but seemed like a promising prospect after scoring 8 goals in 35 games for Columbus last year. He was immediately called up by Winnipeg and he could very well turn into a solid NHL player.
Anisimov of course is a stalwart on the line with Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin.
Morin, of course, was a stalwart in Joel Quenneville’s doghouse, and on January 3 was traded to Toronto for Richard Panik. Morin is now with the Leafs’ minor league team, as he is apparently also in Mike Babcock’s doghouse.
Tropp is on loan to the Albany Devils from Rockford, for some reason.
Paliotta and Broadhurst are both in Columbus’ minor system.
The 4th round pick is still not picked, obviously.
So, to sum up, the Blackhawks have traded Tuomo Ruutu, Marko Dano, a first round draft pick in 2016, and a conditional 3rd round draft pick to acquire Andrew Ladd, Ivan Vishnevsky, Adam Clendening, Gustav Forsling. Jay Harrison, Matt Fraser, and Andrew Ladd.
As a final note, we expect to update this trade history sometime in 2018 when the Hawks again acquire Ladd, who I cannot imagine the Hawks can re-sign unless they trade away Corey Crawford or Brent Seabrook or some other substantial contract. But in the meantime, I can’t wait for the playoffs.
*The Blackhawks drafted Brandon Saad in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft. The Hawks acquired that pick from Calgary as the result of a trade on September 5, 2009 that sent Toronto's second-round pick in 2010 back to Toronto in exchange for a third-round pick in 2011 and this pick. Toronto previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on July 27, 2009 that sent Anton Stralman, Colin Stuart and a seventh-round draft pick in 2012 to Calgary in exchange for Wayne Primeau and this pick. I have no idea how anyone could follow that, but that’s how Wikipedia explains it. The important take-away is Chicago got Saad due, in part, to Toronto’s knack for doing something that turned out to be completely useless and highly regrettable.
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