This years NHL Trade deadline was anticipated to be one of the most active in recent memory. NHL teams didn’t disappoint as many big name players got sized for new sweaters.
The Red Wings got into the act as well pulling a deal for David Legwand at the buzzer.
Nashville traded David Legwand to Detroit for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a 3rd round pick.
— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) March 5, 2014
As the deadline approached and Ryan Kesler reportedly pulled off the market it looked as if the Red Wings would walk away for the deal empty-handed. But with just an hour to go, Ken Holland completed a deal bringing Livonia native David Legwand to Detroit to play for his hometown club.
Three other teams including Florida and Pittsburgh were said to be in negotiations for Legwand but it was the Wings package that ended up coming out on top. Two players and a second round pick seemed a high price to pay for a 34-year-old centerman but injuries to Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk forced General Manager Ken Holland into a competitive market.
It was also a high price to pay for a rental player especially considering the Wings may have trouble getting in the playoffs this season. David Legwand is an unrestricted free agent this offseason but the Wings have to feel some confidence in the fact they can keep Legwand in Detroit to finish his career. The Wings may need him to do that considering the unsure futures of Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk.