David Legwand was the first ever draft pick for the Nashville Predators. He is the team’s all-time leading scorer and has played more than 950 games for the franchise since the 1998-99 season. He’s been part of a remarkably consistent core in Nashville, but that could change this summer.
Legwand’s contract is set to expire, and he’s set to become a free agent for the first time in his career. It doesn’t seem that player or team are rushing to try to get a deal in place to keep him in Nashville, however. He spoke to Josh Cooper of The Tennessean and revealed that no conversations have taken place about a new pact:
We aren’t anywhere. Nothing has been said to either side. Obviously a stalemate, I guess. Obviously something has to be said to figure out where to start or where not to start, and nothing has been said.
For a Stanley Cup contender, Legwand would seem like the perfect fit. He’s a savvy veteran and knows how to be a professional. He’s strong in the faceoff circle and can play sound two-way puck. That’s lead to trade rumors circulating around him all year long, but he does possess a no-trade clause that he’d have to waive to be moved.
With all the big names that appear to be out there on the trade market, Legwand has been lost in the shuffle to some degree. If he doesn’t decide to re-sign, he’s the kind of player that can put a good squad over the top come playoff time.