Apr 8, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Detroit Red Wings center David Legwand (17) looks to pass the puck against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

To Re-Sign Or Not Re-Sign: David Legwand

David Legwand

HEIGHT: 6′ 2″
AGE: 33
CAP HIT: $4,500,000
STATS: 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) / 21 games played with the Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings acquired David Legwand at the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline by trading prospect Calle Jarnkrok, Patrick Eaves, and a conditional draft pick, which ended up being a second round pick due to the Red Wings making the playoffs.

David Legwand scored ten goals and produced fourty points for the Nashville Predators in sixty-two games before joining the Red Wings on March, fifth.

The Red Wings acquired Legwand because Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss, and Darren Helm were all out with injury and Detroit desperately needed a player who could play center on their top line.

Legwand produced right away for Detroit by putting up three points in his second game with the team and nine points in his first ten games.

After Datsyuk and Helm returned to the line-up, Legwand became a redundant piece and was demoted to the fourth line next to Luke Glendening and Drew Miller. Legwand’s production dropped with his demotion as he was only able to tally four points in the last eleven games of the season and none in the playoffs.

Legwand was a stopgap for the Detroit Red Wings and since Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Darren Helm, Riley Sheahan, and Luke Glendening can all play the center position and will be healthy next year, there is no room for another center on the Wings.

If the Red Wings were going to sign another center, it would be as a fifth center or as an insurance policy for Stephen Weiss.

But Legwand is only thirty-three and will not sign with Detroit to be an insurance policy or the fifth center because he probably has two or three more good years in him as a number two or three center.

Do not hold your breath if you are looking for Legwand to be a Detroit Red Wings next season and as long as Stephen Wiess is healthy, then fans will not only not miss him, but will not even remember he was a Detroit Red Wing for twenty-one games.

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