First Gaborik, now Legwand.
The agent for unsigned center David Legwand says he will consider
playing in Europe this coming season if a new deal can't be worked
out with the Nashville Predators.
Pat Morris says Legwand will be in Nashville to begin informal
workouts with his teammates, but if nothing gets done by next
Wednesday, then the former first round pick will return home to
Detroit to consider his options.
"We've had ongoing discussions with our representative in Europe,"
Morris tells the Tennessean. "But I haven't really entered into them
as of yet."
The Predators made Legwand a qualifying offer which would have seen
make $1.2-million for the upcoming season, a 10-percent raise over
last year. Legwand is reportedly seeking a deal worth $1.5-million.
Nashville general manager David Poile says he is also interested in
signing Legwand to a long-term deal of two years or more. Morris says
they are focusing on a one year deal, with two being an outside
"The good news is that we've had some more conversations lately, more
in concept than anything else," said Poile. "But not much else has
changed. A deal is not imminent."
Morris says he is preparing a counteroffer based on recent
conversations with the Predators.