Jets captain not worried about contract talks

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Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd didn’t report any progress on talks for a new contract this morning, but he chose the optimistic side for his view on the situation heading into the final year of the five-year contract he signed when he first came to Winnipeg.

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Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd didn’t report any progress on talks for a new contract this morning, but he chose the optimistic side for his view on the situation heading into the final year of the five-year contract he signed when he first came to Winnipeg.

Ladd arrived this morning at Glendale Golf and Country Club for the Special Olympics fundraising golf tournament and spoke to reporters just before he teed off.

“No update,” Ladd said on the contract question. “I had that question before I got off the plane. I’m sure I’ll be hearing a lot more in the weeks to come.”

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Andrew Ladd has been heavily involved in the Special Olympics, a charitable organization he has a close personal connection to.

The Jets and Ladd have been free to strike a contract extension since July 1. The veteran left-winger could become an unrestricted free agent next July, 1 but said today he’s got a positive view about staying.

“I just like the direction we’re headed, the group that we have first and foremost,” Ladd said. “I thought we dealt with a lot last year and played a lot of our best hockey with some key guys out of the lineup, which is a good sign of strong team that has great structure and a good coach.

“I think all the things add up. I love our ownership. Chevy (GM Kevin Cheveldayoff) has done a great job of setting us up and I think everyone’s made their point of how much they enjoy Paul (Maurice, coach) here so a lot of things are adding up and I think we’re heading in the right direction and I want to be part of it.”

Asked if he’d be willing to continue negotiating with the team during the regular season, which starts Oct. 8, Ladd said: “I think it would probably be nicer to get it done before the year. I think at that point, especially in a market like this, there are questions every day. So it would be nice to move past it at some point.”

The captain, though, said there’s been no anxiety on his part to date about the matter.

“No. I’ve been around long enough that I know sometimes these things take a little time,” he said. “I think both parties are interested in getting something done so we’ve just been enjoying the summer and enjoying the time with the family and it’s tough to have anxiety over that.”

It’s the second straight year Ladd has returned to Winnipeg during the off-season for the Special Olympics fund-raiser event. Ladd, Chris Thorburn, Alex Burmistrov and Nikolaj Ehlers were all playing golf at the tournament today.

“I came last year for the first time and got to know a lot of the people and athletes here,” Ladd said. “It was a fun event and something that is big for them so I’m more than happy to come back and be a part of it and I asked some of the guys to help out, too.”

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 

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