Captain Ladd, versatile Byfuglien: Can Jets only keep one?
AUG 26, 2:06p ET | Tommy Chalk
Rotowire: Oct 1 / 8:00p ET
News: Ladd didn't play during the third period of Thursday's preseason game with an apparent injury, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Ladd's absence was reportedly precautionary, but it's worth noting that he was held out of the third period Thursday. The injury doesn't sound as though it will cost him much time, so expect him to be healthy for the regular season.
Rotowire: Oct 1 / 4:02p ET
News: Contract negotiations between Ladd and the Jets have stagnated, Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Impact: Ladd is set to become a UFA after the 2015-16 campaign, so the Jets had hoped to get him locked down long-term before the start of the upcoming season. It appears that hope has become increasingly unlikely of late, as Ladd is considering ceasing negotiations with Winnipeg once the regular season gets underway. It's unfortunate that the two sides haven't been able to come together on a deal thus far. Ladd has served as the franchise's captain for the past six years, and enjoyed the best statistical season of his career in 2014-15, tallying a career-high 62 points in 81 games with the Jets.
Rotowire: Aug 25 / 4:25p ET
News: Ladd said this week that he's fully recovered from the sports hernia procedure he underwent in May, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Impact: The surgery did delay Ladd's offseason training regimen a bit, but it appears the long layoff provided enough time for him to enter camp on a healthy note. The 29-year-old is expected to sidle back in on the Jets' top line, where he compiled 24 goals and a career-best 62 points in 81 games last season.