There have been plenty of rumors surrounding David Legwand, who has spent his entire career with the Nashville Predators. A few teams have entered the fray and inquired about Legwand but now an injury suffered during the Olympics has possibly brought in a new team.
The Detroit Red Wings lost Henrik Zetterberg during the Olympics and it is still not known how long he will be out. They will need to look for a replacement and Lyle Richarson of The Hockey News notes that if Zetterberg is out for the season, the Red Wings could be interested in acquiring Legwand.
THN notes that if the Red Wings were to put Zetterberg on long term injured reserve, they would have more than enough cap room to bring in Legwand’s $4.5 million cap hit. The issue that THN brings up is that the Predators would more than likely ask for one of the Red Wings ‘promising forwards’ in return.
This is where it get’s interesting. If Zetterberg is out for the rest of the season, the Red Wings will have to make a choice. Do they do nothing and hope that other players can pick up the slack? Or do they to make a trade in order to replace some of Zetterberg’s production?
Of course, the price that Nashville asks for will have a large bearing on if this type of trade would happen. However, Legwand looks to be a player that would fit right in with the Red Wings.
Also, Detroit has a habit of acquiring players that their entire careers for another team, so it makes sense, right?