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.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.