Team is 'cooling' on player as asking price may be too steep.


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The Florida Panthers could use an injection of offense, but the price to land one of the biggest potential trade-deadline deals may be more thn they are willing to spend.

According to George Richards of The Miami Herald, the Florida Panthers are "cooling" in their pursuit of Winnipeg Jets' forward Andrew Ladd because the Jets are seeking a first-round draft pick as well as a top-prospect in return for him.

Ladd is a pending unrestricted free agent who carries a cap hit of $4.4 million. Ladd has 17 goals and 17 assists in 59 games, including four in his last three games.

The 30-year-old would likely be a rental player, because unless he and the Jets come to terms on a contract extension, he'll be a free agent at season's end.

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