The Winnipeg Jets have announced that their captain, 28-year old forward Andrew Ladd, will miss their final two games of the 2013-14 season.
Ladd did not play in the Jets’ most recent game against the Minnesota Wild on Monday with an undisclosed injury, and it was rumored that he was not 100% leading up to that point. He had two points in his last game, a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Jets’ captain practiced with the team on Wednesday, but was wearing an orange no-contact jersey.
— Mitch Peacock (@MitchPeacock1) April 9, 2014
Ladd had played in every game of the Jets’ season until March 24th, when he missed a game against the Dallas Stars to be with his wife and newborn child.
Ladd finishes the 2013-14 season with 54 points, good for fourth on the Jets. His position on the wing alongside Michael Frolik and Bryan Little could be filled by a natural Center in Patrice Cormier, who was recalled by the Jets on March 16th, and has been with the team since. Cormier has not played since March 24th.
Ladd joins Mark Scheifele, (knee), Chris Thorburn (foot), James Wright (ankle), Grant Clitsome (back), and Dustin Byfuglien (muscle tear) as players that have been shut down for the rest of the regular season. Zach Bogosian, Keaton Ellerby, and Al Montoya are also rumored to be out for the year, despite no official word from the Jets.
Winnipeg plays their final two games of the season on Thursday and Friday, hosting the Boston Bruins before taking off West to close out the year against the Calgary Flames. They were eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday, after a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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