Panthers co-owner raves about Ladd, but won’t ‘comment on discussions’

The ties between the Florida Panthers and pending UFA forward Andrew Ladd were never a secret.

But now, they’re pretty much out in the open.

Ladd, currently the captain in Winnipeg, is rumored to be available by the Feb. 29 trade deadline — and one of the teams believed to be interested is Florida, where Ladd’s former Chicago GM, Dale Tallon, is running the show and on record saying the Panthers want to acquire a goalscoring forward.

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