Vancouver Canucks: Best Free-Agent Fits with the Sedins

Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) skates with the puck in front of St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) skates with the puck in front of St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

Andrew Ladd

Essential info: 6-foot-3 / 200 lbs / LW / Shoots left / from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Career Stats: 769 GP / 210 G / 256 A / 38 plus-minus / 479 PIM

Last Season: 78 GP / 25 G / 21 A / -13 plus-minus / 45 PIM

Current Cap Hit: $2,816,000

Projected Salary Ask: $4-5 million

PROS

The third B.C. boy in this free agent crop, Andrew Ladd is another big body with net presence and grit, plus some decent speed added in for good measure. He’s also a Stanley Cup winner and a former captain, so, you know, he’s a bona-fide leader and veteran of the uber-competitive NHL playoffs. Ladd knows how to win and he has the extra gear to step up when he needs to. And he’s only getting better with age: 20+ goals in each of the past three seasons.

Like fellow big bodies, Lucic and Brouwer, Mr. Ladd won’t let the Sedins get pushed around.

CONS

Again, seems like a pretty good fit. Ladd is only 30 years old, and he, as well as Brouwer, if the Canucks added him, could assume the mantle of veteran leaders and producers when the Sedins retire or if they leave after their contracts are up.

If there’s one thing working against him: left-handed shot.

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