David Leggio, who’s spent time with the Sabres, Capitals, Islanders and Coyotes organizations, has reportedly accepted a professional tryout with the Winnipeg Jets, per Buffalo Hockey Beat.
It wasn’t long ago that Leggio, now 31, was a quality AHL netminder. He went 38-24-1 with Rochester during the ’12-13 campaign, compiling a 2.56 GAA and .924 save percentage, but struggled last year between Bridgeport and Portland, and failed to land a contract this summer.
Despite some good showings at the minor-league level, Leggio has also yet to play in an NHL contest.
In Winnipeg, he’ll have a decent shot of earning a new deal. Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson are projected to be the club’s No. 1 and No. 2 next season, but they’ll have to stave off the hard-charging Connor Hellebuyck, who played very well for Team USA at the 2015 World Hockey Championships and was recently named the NHL’s No. 1 goaltending prospect by In Goal Magazine.
Leggio should be in line for a backup gig in the American League, especially with veteran Peter Budaj having moved on.
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If captain Andrew Ladd enters the season without a new contract, it will naturally raise questions that he would like to avoid.
“It would be nicer to get it done before the year … especially in a market like this, there are questions every day, so it’d be nice to move past it at some point,” Ladd said, per TSN. “I’ve been around long enough that I know sometimes these things take time. I think both parties are interested in getting something done. All the things add up.”
The 29-year-old forward has one season remaining on his five-year, $22 million contract, but his next deal is expected to be more lucrative. After all, he’s coming off of a campaign where he scored 24 goals and a career-high 62 points.
The Free Press estimated back in July that Ladd would ultimately get “north of $6 million” annually on a contract “worth in the range of $40 million.”
That would be in the same ballpark as the extensions for Brandon Dubinsky (six-year, $35.1 million) and Ryan Callahan (six-year, $34.8 million). All three of those players are fairly close in age and are noteworthy for being able to contribute offensively while maintaining a physical presence. Callahan is also a former captain.
Of course time is running out for Ladd and the Jets to agree to terms before the campaign begins and if they fail to do so, Ladd’s public eagerness to put this behind him will only add fuel to the speculation as to what the sticking point is. Which will, of course, lead to those daily questions.
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The OHL’s London Knights had planned to honor Patrick Kane by naming one of their four training camp groups after him, but GM Basil McRae announced that there will no longer be a Team Kane. The former Knights player is reportedly facing rape allegations. The police confirmed they are investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at Kane’s residence. (London Free Press)
Quebec City has reached the third phase of the NHL expansion process, but this still might not end up going Quebecor’s way. (Sportsnet)
Allan Muir created a hockey version of the Seven Wonders of the World. (Sports Illustrated)
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Wayne Simmonds is optimistic about the Philadelphia Flyers going into the 2015-16 campaign, but he feels they have to “work out our inconsistencies.” (Yahoo)
The University of Alberta’s hockey team will play against the Edmonton Oilers’ rookies, including Connor McDavid, on Sept. 16. (Edmonton Sun)