The NHL is no different from most leagues. It is about what you have done for me lately, not how have you done over the past 14 seasons. The Nashville Predators have told David Legwand that he needs to prove himself.
There are lots of considerations,” Predators GM David Poile told The Tennessean. “Certainly, Leggy has been a big part of our franchise, and we would like to continue the relationship. I just want to see how the season starts.” Pro Hockey Talk
It not personal it’s just business. It doesn’t matter how many records Legwand hold, it doesn’t matter that he was the Predators first ever pick. All that matters is that Legwand put up numbers this season. My feelings have not changed on this. As I said in On The Roster part 4; I still think that Legwand should get a 3 or 4 year deal with the Predators. But, what I think doesn’t matter. It’s up to Legwand to show he still belongs in a Predators uniform.
There are a few factors to look at.
1. Legwand is aging and will be 34 at the end of this contract
2. The Predators have a lot of centers now.
3. There is a message here, and I think it goes out to the entire team. I believe it to be simple. Last year cannot happen, and it doesn’t matter what you have done before this year.
Lets us know what you think the Predators should do.