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Blackhawks acquire Andrew Ladd from Jets

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Andrew Ladd is back.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired winger Andrew Ladd from the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced Thursday. Chicago will send forward Marko Dano, its 2016 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 draft pick to Winnipeg in return for the 30-year-old winger, Jay Harrison and Mark Fraser.

The Jets will retain 36 percent of Ladd's $4.4 million cap hit, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. The conditional pick that the Blackhawks are sending to Winnipeg would be a 2018 third-round pick if the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this summer.

Ladd played for the Blackhawks from 2007-10, winning the Stanley Cup with the team in the 2010 season before being traded to the Jets -- then the Atlanta Thrashers -- in the offseason to remain under the salary cap. He has 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) in 59 games this season with Winnipeg.

Dano was acquired by Chicago in the summer of 2015 as a part of the trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was considered one of Chicago's top prospects, but spent most of his time in the AHL this season and was largely unimpressive in a short stint in Chicago earlier this season.

With the Hawks only taking on part of Ladd's salary, the team will still have roughly $1.48 million in cap space remaining at the trade deadline, per General Fanager. That could potentially leave some extra room for the team to pursue another defensemen. The team could also leave the remaining space and eat into part of Artemi Panarin's contract bonuses that will become a cap overage next season.

Adam Hess is a staff writer at Second City Hockey. You can follow him on Twitter at @_adamhess.