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Farewell, David Legwand: short-time Wing signs with Ottawa

Between uploading the audio from today's summer camp session and stopping to watch an F-22 from my hotel room window (pretty cool stuff), I missed this, per TSN:

The Ottawa Senators signed centre David Legwand to a two-year contract on Friday.

According to TSN's Aaron Ward the deal is worth $6 million over the two years.

Legwand was traded to the Detroit Red Wings at this year's trade deadline after spending the first 15 years of his career with the Nashville Predators. He leads the Predators' franchise in all-time games played, goals, assists and points.

In 83 games with the Predators and Red Wings in 2013-14, Legwand scored 14 goals and 37 assists. Legwand is coming off a six-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.5 million.

I'm not thrilled with the fact that the ever-pesky Legwand remains within the Wings' division, but he took a pay cut to join the Jason Spezza-less Senators.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

I think this is a great signing for the Sens - who had a glaring need for a lot of the things Legwand will bring to the table, and it ends up being a lot more affordable than I would have thought.

Likely puts an end to the Lecavalier to Ottawa speculation.

This arguably leaves the Sens with 14 NHL ready forwards, so either more moves are on the way or it may be a very competitive training camp.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/04/14 at 02:24 PM ET

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I know the wings are deep at center but if Jarnkrok has an incredible year this trade will look disastrous. He was on almost a point per game pace after nashville brought him up. All for 20 games of David freegin Legwand…...

Posted by brians neck on 07/04/14 at 03:49 PM ET

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The trouble with the Legwand trade is that it looked like nobody bothered to take in some Predators games to scout him. He simply could no longer keep up with the pace of the game and he was totally out of it in the series against Boston.

What is wrong with the pro scouting on this team anyway? White was terrible without #5. Commodore was a slug. Samuelsson was a joke. Tootoo was a healthy scratch in Nashville but Holland overpaid. Colaiacovo? Cut by Detroit, barely found a NHL home the following season (same with White and Commodore). Cleary had no takers ... rescued by Kenny and Babs. Even Weiss, coming off an injury plagued season, seemed like he got no medical and showed up with a hernia/groin in training camp. Now somehow Quincey got a raise after an up and down two years (bought at the cost of a first round pick) despite the fact he did not seem to have that many suitors.

About that 2012 first round pick, a pick which would have been our highest selection (18th) since 2005 (Kindl 19th) and the same spot as 2012 (but traded back to 20th to take Mantha).

I cringe when I hear Holland is try to trade for a RH defenseman.

Posted by RW19 on 07/04/14 at 04:32 PM ET

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I know the wings are deep at center but if Jarnkrok has an incredible year this trade will look disastrous. He was on almost a point per game pace after nashville brought him up. All for 20 games of David freegin Legwand…...

The revisionist history around Järnkrok is getting ridiculous.  He scored 9 points in 12 games.  That’s not close to a point per game, it’s .75 points per game.  Patrick Kane is a point per game player.  Alexander Ovechkin is a point per game player.  Corey Perry is a point per game player.  Henrik Zetterberg is a point per game player.

James van Riemsdyk, Jeff Skinner, T.J.Oshie, JOHAN FRANZEN, Milan Lucic are .75 ppg players. 

Järnkrok’s 12 games were too small of a sample size to base anything on.  At best you can draw conclusions solely by looking at each individual point (for example:  The first two assists he got were absolutely nothing of his doing whatsoever.  In the first he had passed the puck before it ever entered the offensive zone- and we’re not talking about a Lidstrom-esque magical zone entry pass here), but if you must judge him on his points-per-game rate look at the names above and see that there is a huge, huge difference in .75 and 1 ppg.  The best you can say about Calle Järnkrok’s stint in Nashville is that in a statistically insignificant sample size that there’s virtually no chance of him matching, ever, he produced at a T.J. Oshie level.

Legwand got the Wings into the playoffs.  It was an overpayment, but it wasn’t as much of one as people want to make it seem.

Tootoo was a healthy scratch in Nashville but Holland overpaid.

Jordin Tootoo was a functional player in Nashville.  The year prior to the Wings signing him he played in 77 games and scored 30 points.  The only time he was ever a healthy scratch was in the playoffs when they added Alexander Radulov.  That didn’t work out well for Nashville.

The Tootoo signing was not a mistake.  The mistake came from not forcing him to understand his role wasn’t to give the team five minutes of penalties each night from a stupid, staged fight.  The Wings thought they were signing a hockey player but got a side-show instead.  At least he’ll be gone soon.

 

 

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/04/14 at 08:52 PM ET

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I have no idea what happened to Tootoo,  His forecheck was terrifying and I’ve seen him set up nice goals.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 07/04/14 at 11:22 PM ET

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Toots wasn’t given the playing time here in Detroit that he got in Nasville and that’s why he was not the same. Ride the bench and athletes regress in sports go figure.
Legwand and the other hand was just another of the long list of Michigan born Holland signings or trades made to make the fans happy forgetting how mediocre a job their GM is doing.
Lets sign David Booth next Kenny to keep the Michigan connection NHler going.

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Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 07/05/14 at 05:25 AM ET

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Lets see how Jarnkrok does over a full season before making him out to be the next “great one.” ....

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 07/05/14 at 10:27 AM ET

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Jarnkrok…so sick about hearing about him…more hype than the last prospect that got the nickname hat trick and never made the nhl.

Good trade…let Pav heal and they still made the playoffs for a run.They got their 2nd round target in the 3rd.

But Jarnkrok blah blah blah..stfu he got passed on the depth chart by Glendening and Sheahan.

Posted by d ca on 07/05/14 at 02:59 PM ET

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Toots wasn’t given the playing time here in Detroit that he got in Nasville and that’s why he was not the same. Ride the bench and athletes regress in sports go figure.
Legwand and the other hand was just another of the long list of Michigan born Holland signings or trades made to make the fans happy forgetting how mediocre a job their GM is doing.

So, Tootoo failed because he wasn’t “given” enough IT while Legwand failed because he was “given” too much IT?

Tough crowd.

The Legwand signing is what 90+% of deadline trades look like, so maybe when a chorus of you start caterwauling for one next March this memory will coalesce and you’ll fall silent.  Deadline trade deals suck almost every time.  You get, if you’re lucky, perhaps 3-5 weeks of improvement from them and for that short term gain risk seeing some number of players who may be great for 12 years playing elsewhere.

The Tootoo signing was a mistake (I said it was a mistake from day 1 while many here unsurprisingly lauded the addition of a fighter/agitator) because that type of player is never going to be as useful for Detroit as they are playing against Detroit.  It’s just not the kind of player Detroit can take full advantage of, it never has been, and it likely never will be.  I understand why the signing was made, it was just a poorly planned strategy is all.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/05/14 at 07:55 PM ET

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