Blackhawks deal Ladd to Thrashers

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks continued their battle against the salary cap Thursday as the Stanley Cup champions traded Andrew Ladd to the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Hawks received Ivan Vishnevskiy and a second-round pick in next year's draft.

"I kind of knew it was coming," Ladd said on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN 1000. "Obviously, you want to stay where you just won the Stanley Cup, but at the same time, I'm going to a team with a lot of familiar faces."

Chicago traded Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel to Atlanta on June 23.

"It became apparent it wasn't the right mix as far as salary and our situation here," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said of the Ladd deal. "We're going to see what we can add to the mix now. I think we alleviated the [cap] situation we were in."

The Blackhawks also traded Kris Versteeg to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colin Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers.

Ladd is unsigned as a restricted free agent and is arbitration eligible.

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun contributed information to this story.