It's being reported by Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press that Andrew Ladd has gone back on his decision to join Avangard Omsk of the KHL, citing family reasons.
Gary's WFP writing partner Ed Tait provided further detail after the fact.
Just spoke to Andrew Ladd. His wife Brandy is pregnant and they've had a change of heart on joining the KHL. #bn— Ed Tait (@WFPEdTait) October 4, 2012
There you have it, the mystery is solved. It looks as though Ladd will remain in Winnipeg for the foreseeable future,as fans hope that a labour agreement between the NHL and NHLPA can be reached over the upcoming weeks.