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Report: Preds are attempting to trade Legwand

Feb 4, 2014, 12:22 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.
(February 1, 2013 - Source: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

David Legwand doesn’t carry the name recognition or flash that a trade target like Thomas Vanek does, but the Nashville Predators hope to score a quality asset for him anyway. At least, that’s the word from TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

More specifically, McKenzie reports that the Predators are angling to land a first or second-round pick for Legwand. Of course, the American center would need to sign off on his destination if GM David Poile could get someone to bite on that price, as Legwand’s expiring deal features a full no-movement clause.

Getting a first-rounder would be fitting since the 33-year-old stands as the franchise’s first-ever draft pick (second overall in 1998, behind Vincent Lecavalier).

Legwand began the season fighting for minutes along with the team’s logjam of defensive forwards, logging 15:37 per night in October, but his overall average is now at 17:02 (second only to Mike Fisher).┬áHe’s generally regarded more for his two-way play than offensive skills, yet he’s had a nice scoring contract year, with 39 points in 57 games played.

Will that be enough to help the Predators to get what they want for a player who’s been an important part of the franchise for about 15 years? That’s unclear, but they’re at least giving it a shot.

  1. ibieiniid - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    hate to be the guy that predicts a trade to his own team but… aging forward? has Flyers written all over it (great game going on right now tho).

    • brycewest - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      Holmgren will probably trade Read and a 1st pick for Legwand. Flyers look good tonight!

    • inbullieswetrust - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      If you knew anything about the Flyers. You would know they need a number one defenseman. Not another winger. Especially when they proved last night that all four lines are scoring. Keep thinking that. lol

      • ibieiniid - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        you fool. they needed a #1 d-man last offseason too. who’d they get? Vinny Lecavalier and Mark Streit. two old m-f’ers.

        i rest my case.

      • ibieiniid - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        i have pride for my team…. but I can make a joke at Homer’s expense too. let’s face it, Homer is in on talks to get just about every aging forward (DAN CLEARY), despite what the team NEEDS

  2. stakex - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    Legwand is having a good year, and is on pace to post his best stats in six seasons…. but a 1st round pick just seems like a pipe dream. Especially considering that he’s going to be 34 to start next season, and could just be a rental player. I think the second rounder is more realistic.

  3. withseidelinn - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    How can they expect a 1st rounder if they’re saying they’ll accept a second rounder as well….

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      My hunch it would be dependent on the position of the pick. For instance for a cup contender to add him, they would likely hold on the first rounder because that would be in the late 20s, whereas they might be willing to take a second rounder from a team that will end up drafting in the top 10 (although I don’t know why you would add a rental if you’re in that range).

  4. deeboy - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    The Hurricanes are in the market for a #3 center. Not sure if the numbers would work out. Also, no way the Preds are getting a #1 for him.

    • storminator16 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      I can see a top team giving a 1st rounder for him.

  5. stcrowe - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    This is a pity. It would have been nice to see him finish his career where he started.

    I believe he was born in Detroit. For that reason, and because they like older veterans, I can see him landing with the Wings.

  6. flash8910 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Reality doesn’t exist in the NHL does it?!?! An over the hill defensive forward, who was a 1st round pick 16 years ago, is worth a 1st round pick next year. Not to mention, he wasn’t all that great for a 1st round pick. Most team don’t draft people in the first round trying to fill their shut down line.

    Good luck Poile. Nevertheless, you will probably get it because there is always a GMN who is dumber out there.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      hey the caps drafted tom wilson in the first round so he can play 8 mins a game and fight…with the hopes he somehow reincarnates himself into milan lucic. not that crazy, then again its mcphee we’re talking about so poile will probably be calling him first.

  7. lehmansite - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Well I am ticked off…most consistent player we have. Maybe its time for Polie and Fritz
    to go.

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