The Winnipeg Jets came in to the 2015-2016 season with the contract status of Andrew Ladd as their top priority, but with the benefit of hindsight we can now see that the Winnipeg Jets may have dodged a bullet.
According to a recent report from TSN insider Darren Dreger we may now know why the deal never got done, according to Dreger the Jets made Ladd an offer of $6 million per season for six season, but Ladd wanted more money.
"We believe that Ladd was offered $6 million per for six years before start of the season," said Dreger as per Nichols on Hockey. "He pushed for $6.5 million."
The Jets never got it done, and instead decided to retain veteran defenseman Dustin Byfgulien, who despite bringing a higher price tag also is much more of an impact player on the ice. Ladd would go on to have a down year for Winnipeg prior to being traded, and there's almost no way that given the opportunity the Jets would offer that kind of money and term again.
Add to that the fact that the Jets are set to acquire either center Auston Matthews or more likely dynamic winger Patrik Laine, and the need for Ladd, especially at such a major price tag is questionable at best.
Andrew Ladd may have done the Jets a big favor by declining that alleged offer, and the Jets should be counting their lucky stars.