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.
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!
Gotta keep the circulation flowing for the oldtimers :)
@Axle_Goalie Holland and Kontiola can play wing.
@Axle_Goalie No, no and no
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.
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.
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.
@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.
@colino17 But I'm all for packaging those other two bums to some other team!
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) /
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) /
Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
Tomas Vokoun ($1.500m)
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%)
SALARY CAP: $69,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $67,277,500; BONUSES: $950,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $1,722,500
@dlb Mad What are your thoughts on Del Zotto? That would placate Cherry after this off-season of Euro-lovin'
At about 1:45 is Kontiola doing a make up interview with the same woman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5QrtxfmesQ#t=123
@TheGroobster He was upset in 1st interview, shows he has heart. I like him
@Mcost61 lol the captions are hilariously bad if you turn them on in Youtubes player
@dlb Mad Where did Downie sign?
@dlb Mad his native finnish, I guess russian after 5 years in KHL, maybe swedish - they have it in school.
@dlb Mad Corporal Komarovish?
@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.
@Axle_Goalie I would imagine we are. Still quite thin at forward. Hope we're in on Winnik, too.
@Axle_Goalie I would assume so
@Jordan29 New BB?
@colino17 He'll be under a million.
@maximus_asinus or 2 C and Kadri plays wing hybrid
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.
@dlb Mad I can just picture Henny interviewing him with one of his long preambles. Kontiola : "Yes"