Nashville’s first-ever draft pick, selected second overall in the 1998 NHL draft, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013-14 season.
David Legwand has spent the last 15 years in a Predators’ uniform and has never hit the open market. This year could be different.
“David [Poile] and I have been together for 15 years, so we are going to be honest with each other,” Legwand said Friday afternoon. “We will talk and if [a contract extension] is meant to be, it is meant to be. If it is not, it is not.”
Predators fans should not expect a contract extension anytime in the near future, although Legwand and Poile have been in contact recently regarding the issue.
“We have talked a bit. It is something that is going to be talked about throughout the season. That’s not even a focus right now. The focus is getting off to a good start. I say it every year; October points count the same as in April. We need to get off to a good start and be playing well right off the bat,” the 33-year old said.
Starting the season off on the right foot is important to the team that finished with the fourth worst record in the entire League last year. With off-ice issues often a cause of trouble on the ice, Legwand says the possibility of this being his last year in Nashville will not be a distraction.
“I don’t really think about it that much,” he said. When asked about the possibility of ending his career in another uniform, Legwand added, “I don’t think it is really that big of a deal. If it happens, it happens. You’ve been here for 15 years so your goal is probably to stay here, but if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.“
After the 2009-10 season, former Predators captain Jason Arnott waived his no-trade clause when it was made apparent that a contract extension would not be offered by the end of the following season when he would have become an unrestricted free agent. Whether or not Legwand will go down the same road is not out of the question for the veteran center.
“I have no idea. That time is a long way away. If it gets to that point, we will talk about it.”