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Legwand slides into temporary top center role for Detroit

Mar 6, 2014, 7:56 PM EDT

Some believe that the Detroit Red Wings gave up too much for David Legwand, but some significant injuries means they’ll give him a chance to make the move worth every lost asset. In fact, the Detroit Free Press reports that he’s expected to grab a first-line role right off the bat.

The 33-year-old is set to center a line with Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen.

Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock acknowledged the team’s need, which they hope Legwand may meet.

“We needed a guy, we needed a veteran guy to help these kids,” Babcock said. “The kids are real good players, but a little leadership helps. He’s got 40 points, he can pass the puck, he can play on the power play, he played against good players, so it’ll be a good fit for us.”

Here’s a sneak peek at what he looks like in a Red Wings jersey, via the team:

Legwand makes his Red Wings debut as they take on the Colorado Avalanche after Nicklas Lidstrom’s jersey retirement ceremony tonight.

  1. amiscu - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Hole left by datsyuk and zetto I be filled by… Legwand? Any chance nick brought his gear to the rink tonight?

  2. csilojohnson - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    i doubt babcock or anyone in thier right mind expects legwand to replace those two. have to work with what you got.

  3. hockeydon10 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Not that I expect him to be a top center, but he did look pretty good last night. Seemed to fit right in and have a great natural feel for playing with Mule and Nyquist.

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