Coach Lou Lamoriello revealed Tuesday that Ladd (knee) suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will be sidelined for five months. Although he's not the player he once was, Ladd had contributed a good deal when healthy this season, notching 11 points, 34 shots on goal and 37 hits while posting a plus-3 rating over 26 games. The news rules him out for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, so the veteran winger will finish with those numbers.
Ladd left the game early Sunday after taking a hit on his knee versus the Coyotes, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. There is no word yet as to the severity of the injury or how long Ladd may be out of the lineup for. It is expected that if Ladd were to miss any time, Michael Dal Colle would be inserted back into the lineup. Some might argue that Dal Colle should play over Ladd no matter the outcome of this injury. Ladd has been a major disappointment since being signed as a free agent and only has three goals and 11 points in 25 games this season.
Ladd is likely to be a healthy scratch when the Islanders visit the Senators on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. This is somewhat of a surprise as no injury has been reported and the Islanders are dealing with several injuries to their forward group. Ladd has been a disappointment since being signed as a free agent before the 2016-17 season, but a healthy scratch when the team is short at forward and having trouble scoring goals was still unexpected. Perhaps there is an injury here that hasn't been disclosed or perhaps this is coach Barry Trotz making a statement. Ladd will next get a chance to play Saturday when the Isles take on the Flyers.
Ladd will be a healthy scratch versus the Capitals on Friday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. There is nothing wrong with Ladd. Apparently, coach Barry Trotz doesn't want to push his luck with Ladd and play him in back-to-back games so quickly after his long IR stint. Ladd is expected to return to the lineup for the game Sunday versus the Flyers.
Ladd (lower body) picked up a helper in a 3-1 loss to the Flames on Tuesday. Ladd missed 44 games with the injury. He skated 12:52 in the contest and added a hit. Ladd had averaged 13:50 per game in 14 skates before suffering the injury. He should return to a middle-six role for an Islanders squad averaging 2.84 goals per game, ranked 22nd in the league.
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