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Nashville Predators: How Safe Are David Legwand’s Franchise Records?

David Legwand

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The Nashville Predators selected skilled center David Legwand with the second overall pick in the 1998 draft, and he has been a mainstay in their lineup since the 1999-00 season. That amount of time with the team has allowed Legwand a chance to take the top spot on the franchise leaderboard in nearly every major category. After seeing Martin Erat depart in a trade this season, Legwand’s grip on the top spot in most of those categories may remain unchallenged for many years to come.

Legwand leads the Predators in games played with 894, and with Erat gone there is no longer a player in the top ten in that category who is still with the team. Erat trailed him by more than 170 games here anyways, and this may be the safest of all of Legwand’s team records. Legwand finished the season with an even 200 goals scored during his time with the Predators, and his closest competition is Shea Weber (108), who could make a run at that mark if he plays out the length of his contract in Nashville. When it comes to points, Legwand’s 526 are the gold standard, and once again it is Weber who has the best chance to catch him. With nearly a 250 point gap to close, that may prove a daunting task for the defenseman especially given his decline during the 2013 season.

Legwand has one year remaining (at a cap hit of $4.5 million) on his contract with the Predators, and even if he calls it a career after that, most of his franchise records appear safe for many years to come. When he does hang up his skates, it should only be a matter of time before he sees his jersey retired by the team, since no other player has had as big of an impact for as many years as he has.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.