Looks like David Legwand has been deemed expendable in Ottawa.
The veteran center, healthy scratched for the first time this year in the last game (a 4-3 win over Toronto) prior to the All-Star break, will sit again tonight when the Sens host the Stars in Jason Spezza’s return to the Canadian capital.
Legwand, 34, joined Ottawa last summer on a two-year deal worth $6 million. While he had a relatively decent first half of the season — he posted five-game point streaks in both December and January — it’s clear he’s not one of Cameron’s favorites and has seen a significant reduction in ice time after the Sens turfed Paul MacLean in early December.
(In his two games prior to the healthy scratch vs. Toronto, Legwand played just 9:55 and 8:33.)
All told, Legwand has decent numbers this year: seven goals and 19 points in 45 games. It’s possible another team could look at this situation and take a flier come trade deadline day; centers are in demand across the league and, what’s more, Sens GM Bryan Murray acknowledged Legwand is available.
Per the Ottawa Citizen:
Senators general manager Bryan Murray told the Citizen Wednesday that if another NHL team is interested in adding the veteran centre for the stretch run to the playoffs, the Senators would be open to trade discussions.
Worth noting that Legwand has been moved at the deadline before — last year, he was flipped from Nashville to Detroit and went on to play 21 regular season games for the Wings, and five playoff contests.
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Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will meet Ottawa mayor Jim Watson to receive the key to the city. Upon hearing that, current captain Erik Karlsson said, “I’m changing my locks.” (Sportsnet)
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Johnny Gaudreau reportedly got a big payday over his late addition to the All-Star Game. (Calgary Sun)
Here are the highlights from Los Angeles’ 4-3 win against Chicago:
Martin Brodeur, who is expected to officially retire this morning, will drop the puck in tonight’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. (Blues.nhl.com)
Tomas Hertl’s sophomore campaign hasn’t gone as planned, but he thinks playing in the minors during the All-Star break was a good experience. (CSN Bay Area)
Here are the highlights from Washington’s 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh:
Adam Larsson is rewarding the New Jersey Devils for trusting him in the post-Pete DeBoer era. (NJ.com)
Tyler Kennedy hasn’t had any luck this season as on Wednesday it was revealed he’ll be sidelined for a fourth time. (CSN Bay Area)
The Ottawa Senators placed forward Colin Greening on waivers Tuesday.
The move comes shortly after Sens GM Bryan Murray admitted he’d worked to find a potential trade partner for Greening but, having failed to find one, would likely end up waiving the 28-year-old. Greening has been in and out of the Ottawa lineup this season, scoring just one goal with a minus-3 rating in 20 games.
He’s been a healthy scratch since Jan. 8.
Greening’s in the last of a three-year, $7.95 million contract with a $2.65M cap hit. That’s a fairly hefty price tag for someone that can’t get a game in Ottawa, but Greening has shown flashes in the past; he had 17 goals in 82 games during the 2011-12 campaign, and three goals and four points during 10 games in the ’13 postseason, while averaging nearly 16 minutes per night.
If Greening doesn’t get picked up, though, things could get interesting upon his return to the Sens organization based on what agent Alain Roy told PHT last week.
“I don’t expect him to be in the American Hockey League,” Roy said. “At this point it’s not something we’re really talking about.
“I think he’s an NHL player and within the time frame Bryan wants, he’ll find a home in the NHL.”
With the All-Star Game in the books, Leafs coach Peter Horachek revealed that Dion Phaneuf is week-to-week with an upper-body injury sustained prior to the break.
Toronto didn’t provide further details on his condition, but he reportedly aggravated an existing hand injury while fighting Carolina’s Eric Staal on Jan. 19 and then made his condition worse versus Ottawa on Jan. 21, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
If you missed the Hurricanes and Leafs’ captains spar, you can see it below:
He also fought Milan Michalek in the Ottawa game:
Toronto has endured a horrendous 3-14-0 stretch that has added fuel to the speculation that the Maple Leafs might attempt to revamp their core.
Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland remain day-to-day, but on a more positive note Leo Komarov should be back Wednesday, per the team’s Twitter feed.
Leafs collapse seems to have come early this season
Columbus’ Ryan Johansen, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Minnesota’s Zach Parise have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 25, the league announced on Monday.
Capping a weekend that celebrated the sport and the fans, Johansen was named the MVP – via Twitter vote – of the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game. The 22-year-old Vancouver, B.C., native led Team Foligno (captained by Blue Jackets linemate Nick Foligno) with 2-2—4, including a pair of goals in the opening period, in a 17-12 loss to Team Toews Jan. 25.
Karlsson tied for first among all players with three goals/points in two contests, helping the Senators (19-18-9, 47 points) pick up three out of a possible four standings points.
Parise also tied for first among all skaters with three goals/points in two outings for the Wild (20-20-6, 46 points). He notched his 17th goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 19.
So yeah, pretty good last few days for ol’ RyJo. He also went first overall at the Fantasy Draft and, thanks to his MVP win on Sunday, scored himself a new 2015 Honda Accord EX-L.
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