10/04/2012 03:44 EDT | Updated 12/04/2012 05:12 EST

Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd decides against joining Avangard Omsk

WINNIPEG - Andrew Ladd won't be heading to the Russian-based KHL after all.

The Winnipeg Free Press reported Thursday that the Jets captain decided against joining Avangard Omsk during the NHL lockout.

The news came a little over 12 hours after the team announced Ladd's signing.

According to the Free Press, the 26-year-old had a change of heart because his wife Brandy is pregnant.

"I couldn't really justify leaving her by herself," Ladd told the paper. "The more I thought about it, the more I thought I didn't want to leave."

Ladd would have been just the second locked-out Canadian NHLer to play in the KHL. Jets teammate Evander Kane made his debut with Dinamo Minsk earlier this week.