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Sens sign Legwand 2 years / 6M

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  • Sens sign Legwand 2 years / 6M

    Per TSN

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      I like the signing. He's a 50+ point player, good two-way and it's a non-expensive, short term deal. He's a good two way guy and a veteran.


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        This really changes things. Legwand is better than ZBad right now, but ZBad can't play 4C, so the checking line becomes line 4 and ZBad will likely anchor Hoffman and Stone:

        Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan
        Milan Michalek - David Legwand - Alex Chiasson
        Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Mark Stone
        Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
        Erik Condra

        Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
        Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci
        Patrick Wiercioch - Eric Gryba
        Chris Phillips

        Craig Anderson
        Robin Lehner

        It also gives Bingo a lot to work with since they'll likely get Pageau back, and especially if the Sens trade Prince (who doesn't want to be here) for a good RW prospect:

        Puempel - Pageau - (Prince return)
        Schneider - Dzingel - Robinson

        Borowiecki - Wideman



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          Re: SEns sign Legwand 2 years / 6M

          Love the deal. And I like the way your lines look Josh. Unfortunately, he's a player who relies a lot on his speed for offense, and at his age, I'm not sure how much longer he'll be able to keep it up. Regardless, he's an excellent two-way player and penalty killer, who should have at least two more years left of upwards of 50 points. He'll be an excellent bridge while Zibanejad develops, because while I think Zibanejad is more than ready for second line duties, I would hate to have to simply hand it to him out of camp because there's no other options. Legwand becomes the nominal second line center, but I think Z-Bad will get a lot of the powerplay minutes on the left half-wall/low point, and guaranteed by the end of this contract (and likely by the end of this season) Zibanejad will have replaced Legwand as the de facto number two center... actually by the end of the contract he might have replaced Turris as the number one center, but that's another discussion. Anyways, this should work out perfectly, because Legwand will make for an excellent third line/ penalty killing center once that happens.

          So, during Murray's July 1st press conference, he had said that he had a trade in the works that would land an NHL roster player. I'd done some looking through teams' rosters, needs, surpluses and cap space, and I believe I'd narrowed his target down to two possibilities: Patrik Berglund (Murray had been targeting him in Spezza negotiations and St. Louis has a center surplus after signing Stastny and Lehtera) or Chris Stewart (Murray tried to acquire him from St. Louis prior to trade deadline, and now has a close relationship with his GM in Buffalo). Murray also said in that press conference that if that trade fell through, he would look at other options via free agency.

          What I'm wondering now is, does this definitely mean Murray is done? If the target he was talking about had been Lecavalier or Berglund, it obviously would. But if the target was Chris Stewart, maybe not. We could use a right winger to insulate Chiasson much as Legwand will be insulating Zibanejad. And much like Legwand, Stewart would make for a great third line winger, so if Chiasson were to usurp him, it might still be workable. And for the time being, even if Stewart were the second line winger, Chiasson would get plenty of opportunities there while Stewart is in the box for five. It would also make sense that Murray might be positioning here. Tim knows exactly how bad Bryan wants/needs Stewart and it's driving the price up, so this might be Bryan Murray saying, OK, if that's the price you're sticking with, we're done now and you can keep him...

          Some people might want to bring up the budget, but I wouldn't be too concerned there. Buffalo is at the cap floor anyway, so whoever we'd be sending to them would have to be approximately equal cap value. We currently have an excess of NHL-ready defensemen, and Buffalo has a shortage. So either Cowen or Phillips would be going back the other way, along with, most likely, Mark Stone.


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            Re: SEns sign Legwand 2 years / 6M

            ^ rumors are the player was Lecavalier but the Flyers didn't want to retain cap.


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              "We had other options," Legwand said Friday, according to the Senators website. "I think Ottawa is a place where I liked the coaching staff, I played against Paul MacLean a lot when he was with Detroit, and obviously with Jason Spezza leaving I thought it was a good fit for myself. … It's an exciting time there and it should be a good season for us."


              "[Playing for a Canadian team is] something that always intrigued me," Legwand said. "Being down in Nashville for 14 years, that's something I never really got a chance to do. I think it'll be exciting being in a winter city and a *cold city and a hockey market; I think it'll be pretty fun." (*Lets revisit that thought in January loll )

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