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Nashville Predators News: David Legwand Traded to Detroit Red Wings

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The Original Predator has left the building, ladies & gentlemen.

Today the Nashville Predators traded David Legwand, the team's first-ever draft pick and record holder in all the main statistical categories (games played, goals, assists, points, etc.) to his hometown team, the Detroit Red Wings. Personally, I think he'll be a superb fit there, his skating ability and patience to play within a system should adapt well to the Red Wings lineup.

Since he was heading to unrestricted free agency and the Predators were so openly hesitant to negotiating a new contract, it's no surprise to see Legwand traded, but this does represent a milestone in the franchise's short history.

Ever since the Predators signed Matt Cullen to a two-year(!) contract last summer, it appeared that Legwand's days were numbered here in Smashville. In recent days we've seen conflicting reports on the status of talks between the team and it's longest-serving player, with Legwand claiming that nothing much was being discussed either in terms of trade or a contract extension, while David Poile indicated that he had been in touch with Leggy and his agent on multiple occasions.

His career numbers in Nashville are as follows (team records in bold):


David Legwand

#11 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-2

205

Aug 17, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
Regular Season 956 210 356 566 +19 474 35 10 (2nd) 41 1925 10.9


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
Playoffs 47 13 15 28 +7 46 2 3 3 115 11.3

Bon voyage, Leggy - I for one will be cheering on your run to the playoffs, and it's a shame you couldn't get the send-off that you deserved.