The Predators first ever draft pick signed a deal that keeps him as a Predator for the next six years for 27 million dollars. Legwand who is making 2.1 million this year more than doubles his salary to an average of 4.5 mil a year.
Predators GM David Poile was thrilled to announce the extension. "This is the first step moving forward under new ownership and is a sign of commitment, a desire to win and a desire to keep the core of our young team together in Nashville," said Poile. "David Legwand continues to improve and take on a larger role each season. He is entering the prime of his career, and we feel that he is becoming one of the league’s most complete players."
This is a huge signing for the Preds and the first, I hope, of many signings to come. It's great to see ownership stepping up and signing a key player to a long term deal. This deal sends a message to not only the fans of Nashville, (who now see this ownership group is committed to winning) but to the rest of the league as well. Other teams who may have looked at Nashville as ripe 'for the picking' now see this ownership group is going to spending money.
Many fans have been tough on Legwand because of the hype he came with as the Preds first ever draft pick. They expected him to be a 50 goal scorer and perennial all star. While David will never be a 50 goal scorer he has developed into a great player and one of the best defensive forwards in the game. I am thrilled with this signing and excited that for the first time in several months the franchise has some stability.
Next up for the new owners? I hope they are working on deals to lock up Shea Weber and Martin Erat. Both of these youngsters are key pieces to the future of this club.
Last Night: Here's the storyline in two sentences. Ready? Great first period played by the Predators. Horrible second and third periods played by the Predators. (I don't think I need to say anything else...yes we can complain about the non call on Leggy but it's part of the game. We lost that game last night.)