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Predators David Legwand Traded to Detroit

A long-time member of the Nashville Predators, forward David Legwand was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings a few minutes ago.

Nashville’s leading scorer this season, Legwand has spent all of his 15 seasons with the franchise after being selected with the Predators No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 Entry Draft.

The Predators struggles this season, Legwand’s impending unrestricted free agent status and the wealth of center prospects in Nashville’s farm system, made the veteran forward expendable.

With the team from Music City unlikely to claim a postseason birth and Legwand’s future with the club in doubt, Predators general manager David Poile did the smart thing in shipping Legwand to his hometown of Detroit.

The Predators got an excellent return for their aging foward as well:

Forward Patrick Eaves has played in just 25 games for Detroit this season, scoring two goals. A six-foot, right wing, Eaves once scored 20 goals in his rookie campaign with the Ottawa Senators back in the 2005-06 season.

Legwand’s departure also leaves a spot at center open for the Predators, and it’s likely that a call-up from the Milwaukee Admirals (possibly Colton Sissons) may take his place.

In the end, it’s tough to see a fixture of Nashville’s franchise move on, but the Predators had to gather all the assets they could out this situation before Legwand was likely lost in free agency this summer.

The Legwand swap was the second deal for the Predators on trade deadline day, goaltender Devan Dubnyk was also sent to the Montreal Canadiens for “future considerations.”


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