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UFA of the Day: David Legwand

Jun 25, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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Check PHT each weekday for the first four weeks of June for a new pending unrestricted free agent of the day. Today’s UFA of the Day is…

David Legwand

For years David Legwand has been a steady, but not flashy center for the Nashville Predators. He was the first player they ever drafted (second overall in 1998), but his tenure with the team ended in March when he was shipped to a battered Detroit Red Wings squad that needed some help up the middle.

Legwand got off to a strong start with Detroit, but his brief stint with the club was a mixed bag. In the end, Legwand had 14 goals and 51 points in 83 games, which makes it the third-most productive season of his career.

He’ll turn 34 in August, but he hasn’t suffered a significant injury over the last three seasons and has been fairly reliable over that stretch. His production has also remained fairly consistent, with him recording between 40-55 points for five of his last six full campaigns. The exception was his 38-point showing in 2009-10. There will definitely be a market for him from teams seeking a second or third line center, especially given how weak this free agent crop is.

Legwand is coming off of a six-year, $27 million contract.

  1. earpaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Even he’d be an upgrade over Handzus.

  2. cheggy1731 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I wish the Hawks would sign him. He still has speed and always a thorn in Hawks side when he played with Nashville

    • rbbbaron - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Speed?! Lol, did you happen to see any of the games he played for the Wings this past season?

  3. hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Dadoun, he can’t have 51 points in 83 games and 38 points in 2013-14.

  4. cheggy1731 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    No I didn’t catch any of his games as a Redwing. He

  5. smarshall3789 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    I’d still love to see him stay here in Detroit! I’m sure he’d be willing to stay seeing how it’s his hometown so he will probably give a discount. Also he can shift to the wing he scores like a winger and it will add depth to the center ice position when injuries happen. Not to mention I really don’t see much better out there anyway

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I just don’t seeing him fit with the needs against the cap. Picking up a good FA defenseman plus the RFAs we need to sign plus Alfredsson wants to come back plus Legwand just doesn’t appear to fit under the cap.

  6. djshnooks - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I hope to God the Sabres #2 overall pick this year ends up better than this guy!

    Otherwise I’d rather trade the pick now…we need a “star,” not David Legwand! Lol.

  7. djshnooks - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    and yeah, how’d he play 83 games?!?

    * The other thing that I just realized as I read this, is he just had the third best season of his career at 34 years old…and it was only 14 goals and 51 points?

    That’s pathetic for the #2 overall draft pick.

    • adamal17 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      How is it pathetic for a #2 overall pick? He played in Nashville that (under Trotz) has always been a defensive system team. And he played 83 games because he was traded in the middle of the season…as it states in the article. Go home…you’re drunk.

    • dtownbeatdown - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      He was a number 2 draft pick when you were still in diapers moron. He’s old now and still finds a way to produce.

  8. 311sucks - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    he never panned out to be what we all thought he would be but he is still a very good player.. it is very underappreciated what he does on the ice and he can still be a solid 2nd line center.

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