Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

Maple Leafs submit an offer to David Legwand

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    Darren Dreger is reporting considerable interest in David Legwand on the part of the Maple Leafs, who have submitted a first offer on the free agent center.

    Term will be the thorny part of a potential contract, but the 33-year-old Legwand is a serviceable veteran with some game left in him who would be able to address the need for another center capable of playing in the top 9 while the Leafs wait on the development of some youth at the position (Holland, Gauthier, Nylander).

    Legwand would add some size (6’2, 204 pounds) and 977-games experience to a currently-shallow center position and could round out an at-least respectable group of four alongside Bozak, Kadri and Holland. It’s certainly no LA or San Jose top 4, but that would likely be enough to be competitive in the East. Legwand has posted respectable possession numbers for the past three seasons playing against tough competition in Nashville (Barry Trotz leaned on Mike Fisher a little more in terms of tough comp/defensive zone starts, but they were pretty close in terms of sharing the responsibility).

    It all depends on price, but winding up with Legwand over Bolland might be a case of Plan B being the best result for Leafs management. In addition to more size and better possession numbers, there’s a track record of more production with Legwand – .59 career PPG compared to .53 – and he’s likely to come in cheaper pretty much because he played in Nashville for most of his career rather than Chicago.

    Before his trade to Detroit last season, Legwand posted 40 points in 61 games playing 17 minutes a night including 2:58 on the powerplay (note: he’s unlikely to play that much on the PP in Toronto). Legwand added 11 points in 21 games for Detroit, including 9 points in his first 10 games while serving as the acting top line center for the Wings. He put up just one point in his final 10 games and zero in five playoff games after getting bumped down the lineup due to the return of Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk from injury.

    Legwand won 51.1% of his faceoffs last season. He made $4.5 million a season for 6 years on his last contract.

    Ex-Maple Leaf center Jay McClement signed with the Carolina Hurricanes for 1 year, $1 million this afternoon.

    1376 comments
    leafs2479
    leafs2479

    does the signing of Petri Kontiola mean no Legwand??

    Sexyhairyman
    Sexyhairyman

    Leo: 52gp 12g 22a 34 points.

    Kontiola: 53 games 15g 22a 37points

    Hartikainen: 47gp 14g 16a 30 points

    they are all pretty close... would be interesting to get them all on one team. canadians dont seem to want to play here lets be the new work abroad destination for finland!

    Doorman
    Doorman

    Legy is good in my books!!!

    Mattmark
    Mattmark

    New thread up.  We've signed a Finnish centre.

    Axle_Goalie
    Axle_Goalie

    If we sign Legwand, can anybody see Kadri getting dealt? I fucking hope not.... but still.....

    drummond
    drummond

    From that I-dont-know interview and subsequent explanation I can see the character the Leafs are trying to find, guys who hate to lose, who are pissed after a bad period etc.... That´s good.


    colino17
    colino17

    I kind of hope we don't sign Legwand, sign a few more cheap depth guys (at least one FWD and one D), and package Franson, Reimer, Holzer, etc to fill the 2RW spot.

    Axle_Goalie
    Axle_Goalie

    Are we still in on Legwand or is that that?

    colino17
    colino17

    any numbers yet re cap hit?

    Uncle Otis
    Uncle Otis

    @Doorman 

    Legwarmer Dman

    Gotta keep the circulation flowing for the oldtimers :)

    Komas Taberle
    Komas Taberle

    @drummond

    I never liked between period interviews, let the players concentrate on the game and talk to them afterwards.

    It's just bullshit for TV and means absolutely nothing.

    colino17
    colino17

    FORWARDS
    James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m)
    Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Evander Kane ($5.250m)
    Leo Komarov ($2.950m) / Petri Kontiola ($0.950m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m)
    Carter Ashton ($1.200m) / Peter Holland ($1.400m) / Matt Frattin ($0.800m)
    Troy Bodie ($0.600m) /

    DEFENSEMEN
    Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Stephane Robidas ($3.000m)
    Roman Polak ($2.750m) / Morgan Rielly ($0.894m)
    Petter Granberg ($0.800m) / Jake Gardiner ($2.750m)
    Paul Ranger ($1.200m) /

    GOALTENDERS
    Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
    Tomas Vokoun ($1.500m)

    BUYOUTS
    Mike Komisarek ($0.000m)
    Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m)
    Tim Gleason ($0.833m)

    RETAINED SALARIES (0.29% of upper limit)
    Carl Gunnarsson ($0.200m—6.35%)


    BONUS OVERAGE
    $450,000

    SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $67,277,500; BONUSES: $950,000
    CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $1,722,500

    EvanLichty
    EvanLichty

    @colino17 A quality back-up goalie is the difference between making the play-offs or not. In Bobrovsky's Vezina-winning year, if his useless back-up had won one more game, Columbus would have made it.

    If we're not getting someone at least as good as Reimer, we'd best keep him for now.

    Cameron19
    Cameron19

    @dlb Mad What are your thoughts on Del Zotto?  That would placate Cherry after this off-season of Euro-lovin'

    drummond
    drummond

    @dlb Mad  his native finnish, I guess russian after 5 years in KHL, maybe swedish - they have it in school.

    Cameron19
    Cameron19

    @Axle_Goalie I would imagine we are. Still quite thin at forward. Hope we're in on Winnik, too.

    EvanLichty
    EvanLichty

    @Axle_Goalie He's not signed yet, so presumably Toronto is still an option for him. They needed a 3C and a 2RW. As awesome as Kontiola appears to be, he's still only one man.

    peterbleafs
    peterbleafs

    @maximus_asinus 
    Garbage player meant to distract us losers from reality.  Ignore this signing, means nothing, the guy most likely will be a nothing in the NHL.

    TheGroobster
    TheGroobster

    @Mcost61 lol the captions are hilariously bad if you turn them on in Youtubes player

    mike_84
    mike_84

    @dlb Mad @Cameron19 i think Rielly is good enough he may be able to handle 2nd pk unit duties. might be a lot to ask though.