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Sens sign Legwand — two years, $6 million

Jul 4, 2014, 1:41 PM EST

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The highest-scoring player of the remaining unrestricted free agents has signed with the Senators. David Legwand gets two years and $6 million from Ottawa, per TSN’s Aaron Ward.

Legwand played for both Nashville and Detroit in 2013-14, finishing the season with 14 goals and 37 assists (51 points) in 83 games. The 33-year-old struggled in the playoffs, though, going pointless in five games while logging just 13:59 per contest.

In Ottawa, Legwand will try and help replace the departed Jason Spezza, who was traded to Dallas on July 1. The Sens’ top center is Kyle Turris.

The new highest-scoring UFA is Daniel Alfredsson (49 points).

Related: The ‘most’ and ‘highest’ UFAs left

  1. spezzdispenser - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    that’s a decent contract. i’m ok with this.

  2. clavette - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    at least it helps stop the bleeding

    • clavette - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      slow*

  3. pj608 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    BUST

  4. paulerhythm - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Well, at least he’ll play defense, which the Sens need…

  5. valoisvipers - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Going to be a long season for Ottawa.Ouch, they showed a lot of promise a couples years back when Speeza,Karlson and Anderson were hurt for most of the year and the kids came up big.What happened?

  6. killerpgh - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    So does these mean no Vinny to the Sens and no cap relief for the flyers?

    • flyerspsu - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      pretty much unless Hextall finds another team for Vinny which is getting less and less likely

  7. rbbbaron - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    A bargain considering what Holland effectively paid for 4 weeks for the guy’s services

  8. pj608 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    NJ would possibly make a trade for him but i dont think what NJ would be willing to give up for him would be suitable for the flyer. NYI, COL, EDM ANH, SJ and TOR could also be in the mix

    • downwithbettman - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      NJ isn’t trading for him, not unless they retain 50%

      • pj608 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        For levcavlier…. not legwand.

    • flyerspsu - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      right now Nashville might be the only suitable team

  9. smarshall3789 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    As a wings fan this hurts me and baffles me! I wanted him back he’s a great two way player he scores passes played d and can shift to the wing. He would of added depth to the center ice position for us which u can never have enough depth at that position. So we don’t resign this guy but resign Quincy to a absurrd amount of money hmm

    • thethorntonstrokes - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      We have an overload of forwards, Leggy isn’t needed

    • polegojim - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      No, he’s not a great two way player. He’s fair. He started strong, then fizzled.

    • pwshrugged - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      We were never going to keep Legwand. He’s an average player, a third-line center maybe, and had some absolutely terrible games with the Red Wings. He was a band-aid to help ensure a playoff run happened when we were down our top three centers. That’s all. It hurt to lose a good prospect for that rental, but again, we’re absolutely chock full of forwards. The NHL-level success of Nyquist, Tatar, and Sheahan, along with the minor-level success of Mantha, made the guy we sent to Nashville totally expendable.

      • rbbbaron - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        expendable for the rental of a forward? (who may or may not have helped in the playoff push?) Mismanaged assets…

      • pwshrugged - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Where are you slotting Jamkrok in? Like it or not, the Red Wings face the pressure of their consecutive playoff appearances every year they’re on the cusp. If Legwand helped preserve that (he did, because we had no healthy centers when we got him), so be it. The next several years should be secure with what we have. But seriously, assuming Mantha becomes a productive NHLer in a year or two, we’re pretty stocked on forwards.

        Franzen, Zetterberg, Weiss are all locked-up long term. Datsyuk’s here for a few years yet. The young guns – Tatar, Sheahan, Nyquist, Jurco are all likely to be locked-up long term. Guys like Miller, Helm, Abdelkader are likely to stick around on affordable contracts because of their all-purpose skill and versatility. A team can’t be too young; keeping Jamkrok could have potentially given us 2 full lines of under-25 forwards… which sounds good, but in reality can create a poor balance of youth/veterans.

        This works. For the foreseeable future, we’ll have one veteran top line, one young kid line, one line that’s mixed, and one line that’s open to call-ups, free agency, whatever else. At least we’re not being hampered by bad deals to Samuelsson, Cleary, or Bertuzzi anymore.

      • rbbbaron - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Sorry, but your narrative is completely incoherent. If the wings are so stacked at forward, then why the hell did Holland trade away assets for a rental forward rental? That’s the point I was making. They didn’t have any healthy centers? You do know what position Jarnkrok plays, right? And don’t spew this crap about how there’s some unofficial rule that you can’t have too many under 25s because there needs to be a balance of veterans and bla bla bla. Babcock was shafting the veterans that Holland keeps dumping on him– Weiss was playing 3rd line duty while healthy, Bertuzzi and Sammy were scratched more often then not when they were available, Tootoo had to be fricken buried in GR. With the exception of the clear mainstays, it’s obvious that Babcock had a preference for working with the younger guys who were eager to prove themselves. Did you forget that that wonderful rental Legwand ended up on 4th line duty?
        Yeah, Legwand helped alright: in 26 games played, 11pts, -10! during his tenure in Detroit. Meanwhile Jarnkrok put up a +7 and 9pts in 12 games with a team that missed the playoffs.

      • adamal17 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        rbbaron…we are stocked at forward for (like pwshrugged said) FOR THE FUTURE. If we would have called up Jamkrok and expected him to provide what Legwand did it would have been unfair to him and would have never happened. Trading what we did was needed to get in to the playoffs. If you look at the team now, with the players that are under contract and expected to join the big club within three years, then you’d understand. So ask yourself two questions; Who else would you have traded? And would you be OK with the wings missing the playoffs by a couple points? I would have been OK if we re-signed Legwand but it would have ended up costing a young guy a spot (You’d have Jurco down in GR for another year…i’m not cool with that). So Holland did what he had to do…and we ended up picking up Nosik over the summer; which is supposed to be similar to Jamkrok with more proven presence.

      • pwshrugged - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        What adamal17 said.

        I really don’t understand why Wings fans are acting like the barn’s caught fire. We’re stocked at forward, both with veterans and young studs. Our roster looks strikingly similar to 2003/2004, as Yzerman and the other veterans gave way to a new group of young talent in Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Similarly, now, we have an absolutely incredible crop of young forwards – Sheahan, Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco are all the real deal – and make no mistake, in that regard, we’re the envy of many teams in the NHL.

        The reason we’re not a high-end free agent destination anymore is because Ken Holland is smart enough not to overpay someone. Now, overpay doesn’t mean sheer dollars – I mean overpay in years. Many players look for long-term contracts, like what Niskanen signed. Now, I definitely wanted to see Niskanen join the team, and I knew he’d command a high dollar that the Wings could provide. But seven years? Niskanen is largely unproven, and we just saw Buffalo buy out the last hotshot young defensemen who got a big long-term deal too soon. Holland’s playing it safe, because he can – the future is largely secure. The only thing the Wings are truly lacking is a right-handed defenseman; they have some developing in the minors, or perhaps they’ll find another option in next year’s free agent crop.

        But make no mistake – this team will look a lot like last year’s, except all of our young call-ups last year will have a near-full NHL season under their belts. The Wings will be fine. The playoff streak will continue. A Cup is in the future somewhere. Just because we missed out on filling a -single- hole in free agency, I don’t think that’s the end of an era or some catastrophe. It’s a small bump in a long road. We’ll be fine.

      • rbbbaron - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

        “The reason we’re not a high-end free agent destination anymore is because Ken Holland is smart enough not to overpay someone…” (and then goes on to give the example of Niskanen getting 7yrs, as if Holland didn’t offer the guy 5.5mil…for 7yrs)

        At this point, man, you’re not worth the time.

      • rbbbaron - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:47 AM

        Adamal17, you are talking around the reality of the situation. Legwand helped!? HE WAS A -10 DURING HIS 21 REGULAR SEASON GAME WITH WINGS. Hit up wikipedia if you don’t know what a +/- score entails, but I can give you hint: it’s not something that speaks in the favor of winning. Good lord, extrapolate that -10 for an entire season and you’ve got competition for Alex Ovechkin (and not in terms of offensive production). If you want to go deeper than that, take a look at Legwand’s advanced stats– they were WORSE THAN PATRICK EAVES’. Babcock didn’t know what to do with the guy other than send him to the 4th line (imagine the $#itstorm if Babcock would’ve scratched him from the lineup…Babcock had no little choice and had to minimize the damage the guy could do)

        ” it would have been unfair to [Jarnkrok]” Lol, yeah fragile little Jarnkrok wanted to stay in GR; poor thing would’ve been scared $#iteless had he been called up to fill in a bottom six role the while Andersson/Helm were out for a few games. Why that’s the reason he was threatening to go back to Sweden, right? He couldn’t handle pressure of possibly, someday wearing the winged wheel. Yeah, that’s how it went down, lol.

        “would have never happened.” I actually agree with you here. Holland is too stupidly convinced of his practice of burying and souring youth (seriously, if not for the constraining CBA rules on RFAs/youth, the wings organization would be losing any talented youth in the system— if they had more freedom they’d sign with other clubs where there’s a more visible light at the end of the tunnel)

        “Trading what we did was needed to get in to the playoffs.” Lol Yeah, the wings would’ve been scored on a lot more had Legwand not looked like a fish out of water out there. Jarnkrok or whoever was next in line to be called up from GR would’ve been a -15 or -20, right? Nevermind that Babcock was already coaching youth like a mofo and loving it (maybe you missed him telling the press that this season was some of the most fun he’s had in his professional career?)

        “Who else would you have traded?” Who would I have traded from the Wings? Depends on who I would’ve been trading for. Considering that Holland gave up a player, prospect and a pick, and that that was the asking price for some far more talented NHL players available at the time (who weren’t going to be rentals but rather had some contract life left)…. Bottom line is I wouldn’t have been trading for a forward, because according to everyone (save for Ken Holland) the wings are (and were!) set at forward. It wasn’t just this offseason that the wings started needing a righty on the blueline…

        “And would you be OK with the wings missing the playoffs by a couple points?” That’s a rather kunted question to ask considering that on balance Legwand contributed to that almost becoming a reality (read: LEGWAND WAS A NET NEGATIVE). As soon as the details about the trade come out, it was clear to any and all informed observers that the price paid for renting Legwand, and it was clear it was a rental from the beginning, was heavy [ex ante]. Ex post, looking at other options were available the prices paid in those deals, this trade has proven to be unspeakably stupid. Forget going after a higher profile forward or top 4 blueliner, standing pat would’ve been better.
        Drop the historical determinism. A baseline comparison using objective measures between what Legwand did while a member of the Wings and what Jarnkrok did with a team that did miss the playoffs…actually forget Jarnkrok and just compare Eaves and Legwand. It’s clear the wings got into the playoffs DESPITE this incredibly awful trade. A month-rental of a forward (eventual 4th-liner) for years of a guy that looks like he’ll be a legitimate and relatively inexpensive NHL player. And what, a 2nd round pick? Holy @#%&, Holland

  10. sens101 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Decent signing. Hopefully takes some of the pressure of Turris and Zbad and allows them to continue to develop!

  11. redwingsfan101 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I hated the trade that gave Jarnkrok to Nashville for a pretty bad performance by legwand. To add to that, we only used him for a month. Not okay.

  12. isphet71 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Good luck to Legwand. He’s a very capable, veteran center that still has some tread on the tires. Heard he’s a good locker room guy, too. Hopefully Ottawa fans appreciate the guy; especially at that cap hit, which seems a little low for what he brings to the table – a good all-around game and steady if not spectacular scoring.

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