The Ottawa Senators signed David Legwand last week to a two year, $6 million contract. Only a few days after the move, Legwand told the media that he chose the team due to liking the coaching staff.
“We had other options,” Legwand said. “I think Ottawa is a place where I liked the coaching staff, I played against Paul MacLean a lot when he was with Detroit, and obviously with Jason Spezza leaving I thought it was a good fit for myself. … It’s an exciting time there and it should be a good season for us.”
In addition, Legwand mentioned that playing for a Canadian team has always intrigued him and he’s glad he is getting the chance to do just that.
Legwand was the first draft pick in the history of the Nashville Predators in 1998 and has stayed with the franchise his entire 15 year career. He was then traded to the Detroit Red Wings prior to the 2014 Trade Deadline. Now he is on to Ottawa.
Legwand had 14 goals and 51 points over the course of 83 games played between Nashville and Detroit during the 2013-14 campaign. He played in five postseason games but unfortunately did not take a single point. Legwand holds several Predators records, three of which include most games played at 956, most goals with 210 and most points at 566.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray stated that he knows Legwand can play either the top or the bottom of the lineup and will be an excellent addition to the team. His history as a leader was also a factor when considering bringing him to Ottawa.