Legwand announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. The first-ever draft pick for the Predators in 1998, Legwand had a decently successful career in Nashville with his most successful campaign coming during the 2006-07 season when he posted 27 goals and 36 assists. He finishes his career with 228 goals, 390 assists, and 551 penalty minutes.
Legwand has not scored since Nov. 27, and has just eight points in 39 games thus far this season. When the Predators opted to part ways with their second overall pick in 1998, their first-ever draft pick after joining the NHL, they knew his best days were over. Now a wily veteran who's counted on for his defense and leadership, the biggest surprise this season may be how much Legwand has played this season, dressing in 39 of the Sabres' 42 games. The 35-year-old is a fourth-line player with no fantasy value.
Legwand scored his first goal of the season late in the second period Monday against St. Louis. Legwand's tally represented Buffalo's lone goal in a tough 2-1 loss. The veteran center picked up a loose puck from the end boards and slid it backhand past Jake Allen. The 35-year-old has five points in 18 games this season and has long lost his relevance in fantasy.
Legwand will not play against Toronto on Wednesday, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald. Stepping in for the veteran will be Johan Larsson, who has a higher offensive ceiling to take advantage of some shaky Toronto goaltending. Legwand's best days are behind him and has a minus-3 rating in four games.
David Legwand was traded to the Sabres on Friday along with goalie Robin Lehner in exchange for the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
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