According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Nashville Predators are “shopping [David] Legwand hard.”
The 33-year-old center was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick (No. 2 overall in 1998) and has played all of his 951 NHL games in a Predators uniform. Not only does he hold every statistical scoring record for the organization, but he is leading the team in points this season with 39.
The question that has been hanging over his head (and the head of Predators fans) is whether or not the team is going to re-sign him before he hits unrestricted free agency. Legwand is coming to the end of a six-year, $27 million deal. Given how coveted good, two-way centers are in the league, he could fetch upwards of $5.5 million per year on the open market. That could be way more than the Predators want to pay him, regardless of if he’s been their franchise player.
With the retooling that Nashville is doing with their roster, their place in the standings and how good he has been playing, it would be a mistake not to trade him. The asking price is “expected to be a first- or second-round pick” so they would be able to draft young players to develop with Seth Jones and Filip Forsberg. He does have a full no-movement cause, so it’s up to him if he wants to be traded to a Stanley Cup contender or stay with Nashville for at least the rest of the season.