David Legwand signs with the Ottawa Senators

David Legwand signed a two year, $6 million deal with the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. The deal is worth an annual cap hit of $3 million.


After spending the last 15 years with the Nashville Predators organization — and the first player drafted by the organization, it was time for him to be shipped and he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings in March. Legwand played just 21 games for the Red Wings, scoring 4 goals and adding 7 assists. During the Wings brief playoff stint that year, Legwand was held off the scoresheet in all five games against the Boston Bruins, in the first round.


The consensus on Legwand is that he can be a #2 centerman on an average NHL team, but he is best suited as a #3 centerman on a good team. Legwand has never been an offensively-talented player, but he can contribute as a complimentary player, while adding some grit and defensive play when needed.


Leading the Predators in all offensive categories and games played (956), Legwand has produced 577 points (214 goals, 363 assists) in 977 games. Playing just 53 playoff games, David has managed just 13 goals and 15 assists in total. In December of 2000, against the New York Rangers, Legwand became the first player in National Hockey League history to score an overtime goal on a penalty shot.


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