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Three Years Later: David Legwand's Contract
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07-26-2010, 05:02 PM
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Such as he was drafted at eighteen years old, that he was our first ever draft pick, that he fits into Trotz's mold, that has good speed, that he's sound defensively? I'm sure you can come up with more...my point was that he is a decent player, but any decent player who has played ten years with an expansion franchise will and should hold most of the records. Maybe this will help...
Legwand -704- 152- 255- 407 Ten season as a Predator
Arnott -275- 107- 122- 229 Four Seasons as a Predator
Erat -552- 123- 229- 352 Eight Season as a Predator
Trade Legwand, add two seasons for Erat, he breaks the goals and assists all time and add six for Arnott even at his diminishing pace and he breaks both with ease. I'm not knocking Legwand, but there are quite a few players we've had or have that if stayed or stay for ten plus years then Legwand wouldn't/ won't have those records. We may have to agree to disagree here. Your original statement doesn't hold any water with me.
Most people complain about Legwand's pay. There are those who want him to be Ovechkin and don't see the defensive value he brings. And then there are those who just don't like him. They are entitled to their opinions. They may not be well thought out in their posts, but I certainly don't consider them stupid. They may not see the game how you or I see it. They may never have played and don't realize the complexities of being in a shutdown role, etc.
In conclusion, I don't agree with most of what you have posted, but I don't think your stupid or sound foolish. We see things differently and that's fine. Thanks for your contribution to these boards and for supporting the only NHL franchise that matters.
agree with the disagree. As for the rest of the comparison, it's always a lot of if's. If Kariya played 10 years here he would be the leading scorer too. If Legwand and Erat were gone and Walker had stayed on a scoring line here for 10 years then he would be the leading scorer. But none of that happened, and it's Legwand that the team decided to spend the money on and keep around all this time.
One other thing I haven't seen mentioned from anyone yet is that when we signed Legwand and Erat, there was actually some question of how we would reach the cap floor. So even if there was overpayment (which 101st has disproven over and over with comp. players) it was more accepted at the time. We could have probably given these contracts on a shorter term, and then we get into more what ifs, if Leggy continued to produce 60-70pts then his price jumps up even more and his chances of leaving in free agency go up.
Suppose we were stuck with replacing Legwand this summer or last. Who would we have signed for $4.5M that would be a suitable replacement?
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