David Legwand has found a place to call home. The Ottawa Senators have signed Legwand to a two-year $6 million deal. My question is what are the Senators thinking, and why David Legwand?
Earlier today I wrote that the Senators may have an eye on Vincent Lecavalier it seems like the addition of Legwand may put an end to that. With Jason Spezza exiting the Senators organization the 33-year-old Legwand looks to be his replacement. In 83 games with the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings last season Legwand registered 14 goals and 37 assists (51 points).
I’m not sure what the Senators see in Legwand he doesn’t have much NHL Playoff experience, and after last season no-show with the Red Wings where he only player an average of 13:59 minutes a game; there is no real proof he has what it take to take the Senators to the next level. Now, an odd idea could be a sign and trade. Could the Senators use David Legwand to land Lecavalier?
A Detroit native, Legwand played the first 15 seasons of his National Hockey League career with Nashville before a March 5 trade sent him to the Red Wings. In 977 career NHL games, he has scored 214 goals and added 363 assists for 577 points, while recording 505 penalty minutes. He has scored 13 goals and 28 points in 52 career playoff games. Senators.NHL.com
Time will tell if Legwand can fill the skate left by Spezza, but one thing is for sure he only has this year to do it. That’s the beautiful part about two-year deals; team can get out from under them if they need two. If the trade deadline comes around and Legwand seems to be a bust look for him to be moved.