David Legwand Retires: Latest Comments and Reaction

December 22nd, 2016 by Joe Pantorno Leave a reply »

Veteran center David Legwand announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday, via Craig Custance of ESPN:

What a great ride this was, especially having the chance to play nearly 1,000 games for my drafting cub in Nashville, and seeing the growth of the game there; to fulfilling a dream of playing for my hometown Red Wings; to experiencing the positive vibe of playing in Canada's capital of Ottawa; and to end with the talented players of the Buffalo Sabres in my final season. 

Legwand spent 17 years in the league, mostly with the Nashville Predators, as he played in 1,136 games while recording 618 points.

After a 2015-16 season with the Buffalo Sabres in which he put up five goals and nine assists in 79 games, the 36-year-old was unable to catch on anywhere else in the league this year.

Legwand broke into the league as an 18-year-old in 1998 as the first draft pick of the expansion Predators at No. 2 overall. The only player selected before him in that draft was Vincent Lecavalier, pieced together a Hall of Fame career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. 
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