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PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09: Andrew Ladd #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after teammate Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Six years after the team traded him away, Andrew Ladd is back. He returns to the team that he helped win a Stanley Cup in 2010. Ladd is donning the same No. 16 jersey and he didn’t even have to work for it. “Marcus Kruger was nice enough to offer the number, so that was really classy on his part,” Ladd said. “We’ll have to figure out the payment.” Ladd was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets last week for a pair of draft picks and forward Marko Dano.

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Defenseman Rob Scuderi returned to the Los Angeles Kings last Friday in a trade with the Blackhawks for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Also on the same day, the Blackhawks traded forward Phillip Danault and the second-round pick in the 2018 draft to the Montreal Canadiens for forwards Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise. The team also got forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Jay Harrison.

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The World Cup of Hockey takes place in September and several Blackhawks were named to their home country’s roster. Winger Artemi Panarin and center Artem Anisimov will represent their native Russia while Teuvo Teravainen will play for Finland. Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will take part in the event for Sweden. Marcus Kruger, who is out with a dislocated wrist, was not on Sweden’s initial roster of 16 but could be added at a later date. Marian Hossa will play for Team Europe, which comprises a team from European players outside the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden. Patrick Kane will represent Team USA while his teammates Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Corey Crawford will represent Team Canada. Coach Quenneville will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada while general manager Stan Bowman is assistant general manager for Team North America, which will be comprised of players from Canada and the United States who are 23 years old or younger.

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