Legwand, 33, will earn $2.5 million this season and $3.5 million in 2015-2016 for an average annual value of $3 million per year. Legwand played his entire professional career with the Nashville Predators after they used their first ever draft pick on him in 1998, but traded him to the Detroit Red Wings at the deadline last year.
“David is a good, veteran center, a guy that skates pretty well, gets up and down the ice. He got 51 points this year. He’s an experienced guy that can fill the top or bottom of the lineup,” general manager Bryan Murray said. “We believe he has been a captain and a leader so we know we’re a good person. We just think the way things shook out for us that having an experienced center that can be a decent face off man, be a good defensive player, get points was very important at this time.”
He scored 14 goals and had 37 assists in 83 games last season, but was shutout in the postseason as he failed to record a goal or assists in five playoff games when the Red Wings lost to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Legwand figures to be penciled in somewhere behind No. 1 center Kyle Turris as he will be competing with Mika Zibanejad, Zack Smith and perhaps last year’s first round pick, Curtis Lazar, for ice time.