Islanders place Andrew Ladd on waivers

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  • Ladd currently is on long-term injured reserve with a torn left ACL. He played 26 games last year and recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) before suffering the injury on March 24.
  • Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters on Thursday that the team placed the 33-year-old Ladd on waivers for the purpose of re-assigning him to their AHL team in Bridgeport.
  • Lamoriello said the organization did not see enough from Ladd in his five-game conditioning stint to believe he’s ready to return to the NHL, but believes he’ll clear waivers.
  • Lamoriello would not speculate when asked if there was concern within the organization whether Ladd would be able to play in the NHL again because of his injuries.
  • Lamoriello said putting Ladd on waivers was a deviation from the team’s original plan when Ladd was sent on his conditioning assignment.
  • There is no timetable as to how long Ladd might remain with Bridgeport.
  • Lamoriello stressed that Ladd was appraised of the plan and approved it, and that Ladd wants to play in order to get himself back into NHL shape.
Sources & Credits: NY Islanders, Andrew Gross, Newsday.com

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