It almost seems surreal. There have been a lot of players that played their entire career with one team. Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic come to mind. Now, David Legwand is nowhere near the talent level of those two, but it always seemed that he would be a career-Nashville Predator.
David Legwand was the first NHL Draft pick, second overall in 1998. He holds pretty much all the Predators franchise records, including games played, goals, assists and points. One does not simply trade a player like that.
However, the NHL is a business and things like this happen from time to time. Legwand is in the final year of his contract and it doesn’t look like he will re-sign mid-season. That has of course led to trade rumors surrounding him.
The latest pundit to throw his hat in the Legwand talks is ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Lebrun notes that Legwand is one of the few centers on the trading block right now. That might lead to a better return for the Predators than a usual trade involving him.
The problem for the Predators is that Legwand has a full no-trade clause. He will decide whether he wants to stay in Nashville or he wants to move. He could also pretty much decide where he would want to go in any trade.
This is sure to be an interesting time in Nashville as we get closer to the Trade Deadline. If Legwand is moved, it’s will be the end of an era for the Predators and they will move on without him.