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08-15-2011, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by roseyc View Post
Is Legwand a checker he played most of the year on the checking line and his production increased when he was taken off the checking line. Ward's history was 17,13,10 for the 3 years he played here and not just a one year fluke in the playoffs he scored 2 goals in last years playoffs. The money is the reason he is not here. But for a team like Wash he will be on an offensive minded team and will play on the pk and he'll fly under the radar not counted on to score like he was needed to here..well anyone who can score here is counted on here. He'll help them ..we'll see if your correct
O'Reilly went down with his broken leg in January. After that we never really had an option of playing Legwand on a checking line. Even still, the years in which Legwand played a checking line role he produced at a higher rate than Ward ever has. Legwand has also had a lower PPG% than Ward's highest (.44%) only once in his career, during his rookie season.

Again, I like Ward, but if Washington gave him $3m expecting anything more than a board battler who works hard on every shift and seems to be able to step his intensity up to match that of his opponents (i.e. stepping it up in the play offs) they will be disappointed. He is what he is, and a scoring line forward he is not. He needs to be on a checking line role. It's where he is best utilized. Legwand, on the other hand, is better utilized on a good two-way line, but can very effectively center of a strict shut down line, too. They just aren't comparable

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