The Nashville Predators sent David Legwand to the Detroit Red Wings in a trade that’s been confirmed by multiple sources. The Predators received Patrick Eaves, a third-round pick and a Calle Jarnkrok, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.
For Legwand, it’s a matter of going from a familiar place to another familiar place. He was the first-ever Predators draft pick (second overall in 1998) and played 956 regular season games and 47 postseason contests with that single franchise. The 33-year-old waived his no-trade clause to play for the Red Wings, which shouldn’t be too surprising being that he’s a Detroit native.
Legwand will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He brings a two-way game that may very well match what the team originally expected from injury-addled center Stephen Weiss. Losing Henrik Zetterberg to a potentially season-ending injury likely added extra incentive for the Red Wings to land Legwand.
The U.S.-born pivot has 40 points in 62 games played this season.
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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.
On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.
But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.
The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.
Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”