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Predators not committed to re-signing Legwand yet

Sep 18, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

David Legwand #11 of the Nashville Predators looks on during a face-off against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on February 2, 2013 in San Jose, California.
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The Nashville Predators aren’t a franchise with a long history, but it starts with David Legwand. He was the first player they ever drafted back in 1998 and he’s the team’s all-time leader with 894 games played.

His days with Nashville might be numbered though as the Predators aren’t sure if they want to re-sign him when his contract expires in the summer of 2014.

“There’s lots of considerations,” Predators GM David Poile told The Tennessean. “Certainly, Leggy has been a big part of our franchise, and we would like to continue the relationship. I just want to see how the season starts.”

Part of that is due to Legwand’s age. He’s 33 years old and will turn 34 before the start of the 2014-15 campaign, so his best days might be behind him and he’s a risk in a multi-year contract.

It also remains to be seen where he fits in at this stage of his career. Legwand is a solid two-way center, but Nashville already has several veteran centers signed through 2014-15 in Mike Fisher, Paul Gaustad, and Matt Cullen. With that in mind, Poile wants to see if Legwand ends up maintaining a spot on one of the team’s top two lines.

In other words, Legwand might become the first player to ever log 1,000 games in a Predators uniform, but he’s going to have to prove himself one more time in order to reach that milestone.

  1. mcphillthy - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    As a Preds fan I’ve never been impressed with legwand. He has a nice hot streak once a season but he is over paid. I wouldn’t mind seeing him get traded this season. He is on the decline now so we’ve already seen the best he has and I hope to see him in another uniform next season.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      He’s certainly never justified being selected second overall, with just two 20 goal seasons and a career high of 63 points. That said, he’d probably fit in nicely as a 3rd line center on a contender somewhere.

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