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.

    • dlb Mad

      name your price Leggy

    • Mattmark

      dlb Mad Well… not exactly.  We do need him, though.

    • Jp45654

      Couple of years in the $3 mill range would be great!

    • dlb Mad

      Mattmark
      well, i meant more like “how much before i decide what i think”

    • Mattmark

      dlb Mad Mattmark The real question is, are we in competition with anybody else?

    • dlb Mad

      Jp45654 
      he’s still got his speed, right?
      gritty, wins faceoffs
      smart
      has more skill than the Steckels and McClemments we’ve been getting used to

    • dlb Mad

      so i assume people were talking on the other thread about the Isles signing Kulemin and Grabovski?
      sum of how that feels: ____

    • mcloki

      Can he win faceoffs. because our curretn crop of centers are not great at it. Some nights there are sparks of greatness, but Kadri needs to be doing faceoffs drills right now. I’ll take your word on hmi being an improvement for this Leaf squad.

    • Mind Bomb

      mcloki  He was Nonis’s Plan C at the Least, made offers to two other centers that we know of :)  He is an improvement yes, its all about cap and term now

    • dlb Mad

      so i know i’m not supposed to turn this into a Kulemin topic, but last summer me and “someone” had an argument about what Kulemin would get as a UFA
      now, i said “if he puts 20 goals in this year he’ll be paid like a 20 goal scorer” which was around the 4 million dollar mark.
      i was told “you’re an idiot” by (guess who)
      so, Kulemin doesn’t score 20 but i see he’s making over 4 million bucks anyway.
      just like i was told “you’re an idiot” when i said Grabovski would make “Plekanec” money as a UFA … which he did
      my GOD.  i hate being SUCH.  an idiot.

    • Mind Bomb

      dlb Mad  Good for them :)

    • Anthony Petrielli

      mcloki 51+% in NSH for most of the year. 49% in DET for 20 some odd games.

    • dlb Mad

      Mind Bomb
      that’s how i feel about it.  meh.
      and we’ll get to play them

    • mcloki

      Anthony Petrielli mcloki I contend that faceoff win percentage is a great stat. The higher the better. So getting the best faceoff coaches and face-off players available is worth it. Sadly Pearrault(?) is no longer a Leaf.

    • Zep2

      Another American Grapes is going to have a stroke

    • Mind Bomb

      dlb Mad Mind Bomb Yep good on them, they were always good leafs, both literally escorted out of town :)

    • Anthony Petrielli

      mcloki Anthony Petrielli He’s no faceoff stud, but he’s a reliable veteran who comes out ahead.

    • dlb Mad

      Anthony Petrielli
      does he cross check people in the face when he loses?

    • Mattmark

      Zep2 Another must-have saviour who only twice in his career (which he’s now near the end of) has put up more than fifty points.  The fact that he would probably represent upgrade on what we have tells you everything you need to know about our abysmal centre situation.

    • Anthony Petrielli

      dlb Mad Anthony Petrielli

      Yes. Especially if they are Habs/Sens players.

    • dlb Mad

      Anthony Petrielli
      hmm.  link?

    • Anthony Petrielli

      dlb Mad Anthony Petrielli

      You’ll have to take my word for it :)

    • Jp45654

      Isles overpaid for both but good for Grabo and Kuli and glad it’s not us!

    • Mattmark

      If Isles and Panthers are both ahead of us in the standings by Christmas, and Bolland and Grabo are both outscoring any centre we have, Nonis and company should be facing some awkward questions.

    • deedrag

      `Fuck! At this rate the Leafs better invest in some Geritol for the players.

    • dlb Mad

      Mattmark 
      if that happens, let’s hope the Marlies are tearing it up
      Leivo on pace for 50 goals
      Nylander and Connor Brown on pace for 100 points
      Biggs on pace for 20 goals
      Broll the most feared in the AHL, already with 8 goals
      Percy leading the D with 10 goals, from nowhere
      Finn playing alongside Granberg on the top pair, leading the team in +/-
      and so on

    • JMAC17

      Consistent vet with size…all round player…good for 40 points in a 3C role.

    • Anthony Petrielli

      https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/484473966858620930

    • peterbleafs

      I hope we sign Legwand…he gives us the ability to roll 4 lines that each can play defense and can score.  This would significantly change the makeup of our team and actually makes it easier for Nylander to make the team.

    • peterbleafs

      Mattmark Zep2 He is a bridge and a darn sturdy one.

    • silverleaf

      ” It all depends on price, but winding up with Legwand over Bolland might be a case of Plan B being the best result for http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ management.”
      Agree here. Anything around 4.5 on a shorter term for Legwand and we’re better off than with Bolland’s deal.
      Not saying much, granted.

    • Bruffins

      how many Stanley Cup winning goals does he have though? (just kidding)

    • RandomScrub

      Bruffins 2 and a half.

    • peterbleafs

      Love it!! Grabo and Kulemin will be playing against us…wish them both well…they really improve the Islanders.  Now Mac will get traded there in exchange for Strome. lol

    • peterbleafs

      @silverleaf I think its better than Bolland because Legwand is a well trained in the defensive responsiblities….and he is much bigger…6’2″ and over 200lbs.

    • peterbleafs

      Huge over payment by the Islanders on both t hose guys.

    • TheCanucksnaphook

      Band-Aid.

    • RandomScrub

      TheCanucksnaphook I’m okay with a 1 year possibly flipped at the deadline band-aid.

    • TheCanucksnaphook

      RandomScrub Bring him on in !!

    • peterbleafs

      I would go 2 years at $3.8 million per.

    • The_Polish_Cannon

      TheCanucksnaphook might be necessary. Another year with the Marlies for Carrick and he should be good to go for next year

    • loomx

      Anthony Petrielli Another player who was horribly misused. Great deal.

    • Eye of the Tiger

      3 years, 9 million….. DONE

    • TheCanucksnaphook

      The_Polish_Cannon This is true.  Could use veteran guy to help out the kids.

    • loomx

      I’d rather use Franson to get BErglund or Bailey

    • thelongroad

      If we sign him do we still have a shot at a top five pick, getting a little better and drafting in the teens would suck.

    • peterbleafs

      loomx St Louis will not trade Bergland, he is a keeper and critical for their depth.

    • peterbleafs

      thelongroad I think if we get Legwand, the only way we miss the playoffs is if Bernier gets hurt for an extended period of time.

    • Eye of the Tiger

      Dewy Keon Hogturd  3 years if front loaded, 3.5 3.5 2.0

    • The_Polish_Cannon

      TheCanucksnaphook The_Polish_Cannon yeah seems to be their goal. Surround the kids with veterans on short term deals. As Robidas and Polak move out the likes of Percy, Finn, Granberg, MacWilliam, Holzer could be moving in