Andrew Ladd made his first mistake as captain of the new Winnipeg Jets, Tuesday.

Despite having a wedding to plan, a house to buy and a life to move, the $22-million man said the Jets first home game is hard to get off his mind these days.

"To say I haven't been thinking about our first game next year and what the atmosphere in that rink is going to be like, I'd be lying," Ladd told a media conference call, after signing a five-year contract extension with the Jets. "It's been on my mind a lot. It's something that's really driving the excitement in my life right now."

That's when somebody with more experience at these things suggested perhaps his wedding, July 17 in Las Vegas, should be top of mind. You know, in the interests of peace and love on the home front.

"You're right, I should probably say that, actually," a chuckling Ladd said. "I guess you get caught up in it."

That's all right. Saying he's excited about playing in Winnipeg will get the 25-year-old all kinds of love, here.

So will signing a long-term deal and sinking some roots down.

A restricted free agent, Ladd could have played the arbitration card, settled on a one-year contract and eyed the bonanza of the wide open free agent market down the road.

But after two trades already, and now a third move forced by the sale of his team, the six-year NHL vet, a product of Maple Ridge, B.C., is ready to settle down. In more ways than one.

"It seemed like every time I got comfortable with the city I was in and the people that were there ... I was getting shipped out to a different place," Ladd said. "To be able to settle down and meet people and get ingrained in the community with my fiancée is going to be exciting."

Getting Ladd to commit, long-term, was critical for this franchise, too.

Honeymoon period or not, the Jets, after looking like the nervous teenager at the dance in the first days of free agency, had to grab somebody of note by the hand and prove they had some moves.