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Red Wings acquire Legwand from Predators

Mar 5, 2014, 3:29 PM EST

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The Nashville Predators sent David Legwand to the Detroit Red Wings in a trade that’s been confirmed by multiple sources. The Predators received Patrick Eaves, a third-round pick and a Calle Jarnkrok, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.

For Legwand, it’s a matter of going from a familiar place to another familiar place. He was the first-ever Predators draft pick (second overall in 1998) and played 956 regular season games and 47 postseason contests with that single franchise. The 33-year-old waived his no-trade clause to play for the Red Wings, which shouldn’t be too surprising being that he’s a Detroit native.

Legwand will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He brings a two-way game that may very well match what the team originally expected from injury-addled center Stephen Weiss. Losing Henrik Zetterberg to a potentially season-ending injury likely added extra incentive for the Red Wings to land Legwand.

The U.S.-born pivot has 40 points in 62 games played this season.

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  1. hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    That’s actually not bad. 40 in 62 is more like what I hoped Weiss would do, instead of the belly flop we’ve seen. Looks like that’s right about at his normal pace compared to previous seasons.

    It will depend on what they gave up. Not too much for a rental I hope.

  2. rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    for Patrick Eaves, prospect (as yet unnamed) and 3rd rounder

  3. mackattack29 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Good trade for the wings.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      I’d wait to hear who the prospect is…

      • mshantz22 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        My guess is one of the guys that is sitting on the 3rd or 4th line in GR or the top line in Toledo.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        Calle Jarnkrok, not a GR baller like Nyquist and Tatar were, but no slouch either. Given the context (no Datsyuk for the next 3 weeks) I suppose this was a good move for both clubs

  4. bcsteele - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I feel like Detroit is always getting older now. I know they’ve got some young guns; but I just feel that way.

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Average age is pretty irrelevant.

      The finalists generally fluctuate quite a bit in average age.

      The playoff teams are generally all over the spread in average age, too.

    • mshantz22 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      That’s pretty funny considering the Wings’ 2nd line last night consisted of Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Jurco (ages 23,24,21).

      • mshantz22 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Plus the 22 year old Sheahan.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Legwand is 33 (going on 43 by the looks of it)

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Quick follow-up.

      Ten oldest teams 12/13: Devils (at 29.5), Flyers, Flames, Wings, Pens, Yotes, Bs, Sharks, Isles, Ducks.

      Of those 10 oldest, the following made the playoffs: Wings, Pens, Bs, Sharks, Isles, Ducks.

  5. teamziss0u - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    The prospect couldn’t be named because he was still sleeping when the trade was announced, so he hasn’t been notified yet. Saw this on TSN, so whoever this guy is, he shouldn’t be seeping at 3pm when its game night. Good riddance if this is true

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Except, of course, a lot of players generally take an afternoon nap on game day.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Could be someone overseas (but still…)

  6. timmylaz99 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Calle Jarnkrok is reportedly the prospect. Lots of potential!

  7. wills19 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I really don’t like this trade right now with Jarnkrok going back but there is also a rumor out there suggesting that he was threatening to go back to Sweden to play. If that’s the case I hope he does because if he chooses to stay I think this will be a terrible trade in the end for the Wings.

    • blinkyhowe - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Why so terrible? Are they going to miss Jarnkrok’s pts this weekend at the Joe? The Wings need quality players who can score to finish the season. They also need size. The trade gives them both. My guess is K.H will try re sign Legwand. Jarnkrok was rated fairly high on the prospect chart-but that chart was also ripped for having to many undersized forwards. I don’t like the extra pick but maybe the Preds thought they needed more if he went back to Euroland.

      • wills19 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        I meant terrible in the long run. It is definitely a good move now, but in the end if Jarnkrok stays and lives up to his potential I think the Wings lose this trade. The pick and Eaves I don’t really care about since Eaves has been in and out of the lineup all year and they have better options.

  8. zetterbergallday40 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    This is a good trade for the wings. Eaves is a nobody, a 3rd round pick is nothing and whoever the prospect is, so be it. David legwand is a good two way player, he’s a grinder and can put points up and most importantly has a good track record for being healthy! Assuming he resigns with the wings, it’s allows Z and Pav to stay on the same line all year. On another note the wings will have plenty of cap room next year to add D and other spots if need be.

    • zetterbergallday40 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Quick follow up. Weiss and helm rumored to be out the rest of the year. I wouldn’t mind seeing either if not both especially Weiss moved in the off season.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      “Assuming he resigns with the wings” lol, yeah because the Wings want to have over 7mil/yr invested between their 3rd and 4th line centers (Helm and Weiss). Weiss is unmovable, so unless he’s expected to be on the LTIR for the next four years, this is pretty clearly a rental.

      • zetterbergallday40 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        The price the red wings pay for having a bust free agent signing. The worst in recent years in my opinion. I’d do everything in my power to move either one. Like I said they will have plenty of cap room in the off season. Let’s them go after those D-men that they didn’t get at the trade dead line.

      • blinkyhowe - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Weiss has hardly played in over 2 yrs because of injuries. And when he did he was a total non factor. Whose to say he won’t get injured again and doesn’t stay on IR? And with Helm’s continual injury problems he might be suddenly available to. 7 mil could be O mil pretty quickly.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Yes, Weiss has largely been a non-factor on the ice, but Holland decided to make him a big factor on the Wings’ budget for the rest of this year and the next 4. Weiss’ contract is truly unmovable and Helm isn’t going anywhere so adds those to the other guys who play C: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Sheahan and Andersson. Unless Holland has truly lost the plot, Legwand is and ought to be a rental. You don’t take on a 4.5mil+ contract a contingency plan for having at least 3 of those 6 guys out of the lineup.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Yes, Weiss has largely been a non-factor on the ice, but Holland decided to make him a big factor on the Wings’ budget for the rest of this year and the next 4. Weiss’ contract is truly unmovable and Helm isn’t going anywhere so adds those to the other guys who play C: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Sheahan and Andersson. Unless Holland has truly lost the plot, Legwand is and ought to be a rental. You don’t take on a 4.5mil+ contract as a contingency plan for having at least 3 of those 6 guys out of the lineup.

      • zetterbergallday40 - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Honest question; why is Weiss’ contract unmovable? I don’t see a NTC, is it because no one would want him?
        Next, I think after this season of helms injuries ken and others are done with him. They need to be. I remember reading reports on how helm can be a 30 goal scorer a year guy and he can be the next best thing with his speed. The wings are lucky to get 30 GAMES from him. They need to move him. I’ve changed my view on the trade after seeing what vanek and moulsen went for. If he is just a “rental” the price was too much and if the wins try to keep him they have too much invested in other centers they aren’t willing to move.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        It’s unmovable because Weiss has a NMC and moreover there is no way a GM is going to want Weiss unless there is a comparably bloated/unmovable contract attached to such damaged goods going the other way (I don’t see a swap for Clowe or Clarkson anytime soon)
        Part of the reason Holland went out and got Weiss is because there was uncertainty concerning Helm’s health at the beginning of the season. Helm likely isn’t going anywhere because firstly Holland & Babcock love the guy and they already know/knew what they have with Helm– they look at any games played from him as mana from heaven. I can’t imagine Holland shipping him out when there’s still so much concern about his health (i.e. he won’t get much of anything in return) and there’s only 1 year left on his contract.
        I like Legwand a lot, but taking him on next season would be a mistake considering that the Wings are set down the middle and that there will be more pressing needs to deal with in the off-season. It’s a shame, but that’s just another consequence of how badly Holland f#@ked up with the Weiss contract.

      • blinkyhowe - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        Weiss may be a factor in the budget but he, Pav and Z are only a problem if they actually get on the ice. Last time i looked LTIR wasn’t a rostered position. Anything can happen with players and injuries. Short term and Long term. Injuries are known to end contracts. Like Helmer..they may have love him now but are the going to love him at seasons end when evaluating his durablity. And Andersson has size and some skills but he is slow and definitely not locked into any roster i see. Holland doesn’t normally make these trade moves unless he plans on keeping the guy. Will he? I’m thinking he might try. If he does that just means 2 other guys will go.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Of course LTIR isn’t counted against the roster/cap, but who do you plan on being on it come next October? To think that Legwand will be anything other than a rental is wishful thinking (or a cynical take on Holland’s competence). Andersson was lights out last year in the series vs. Chicago, going forward he looks like he’ll be a model checking line pivot in terms of skill set and cap hit. I’ll put money down that Helm isn’t going anywhere between now and the end of his contract next year– nothing has changed regarding Holland and Babcock’s valuation of the guy (and if it has it’s only been for the better: “best 3rd line center in the league”). Sheahan is certainly proving his worthiness of a roster spot, and Nyquist is also capable of playing the middle.
        Barring some dire situation with Weiss and/or Helm’s health (as in a career-threatening injury or condition, not just a general injury-proneness), there’s absolutely no sense in locking up a center of Legwand’s caliber in this coming off-season when the Wings have far more urgent needs to tend to.

  9. hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Jarnkrok 5’11” and 156 lbs (!)

    Hasn’t filled out much for being 22 years old.

  10. gmuzzalupo - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I do like the trade. Legwand is a consistent player. But why did Detroit trade away Jarnkrok?! The Canadiens got Vanek for a 2nd round pick and a prospect. Detroit traded away a pick, player and a prospect. Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Eaves is another expiring contract and has been in and our of the lineup, so including him was more or less a formality for opening up a roster spot for Legwand. The pick and prospect is the real cost of the deal. They understandably went for Legwand because they really need a pivot at this point and it’s well known that the asking price for Kesler was much higher (Gillis turned down a pretty good offer from PGH). Vanek has a bigger cap hit so if the Wings had traded for him and make the playoffs, they’d then have problems getting back under the cap once Datsyuk and Zetterberg come back.

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Cap wouldn’t matter in the playoffs IIRC. They can have whomever they wish on the roster at that point.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Sure about that? If the cap doesn’t matter in the playoffs, then teams like PGH who are pretty much set could just have their top guys fake injuries, load up at the deadline, and then have themselves an all star roster in the second half of April…

      • hockeydon10 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Yep.

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