David Legwand is headed to Hockeytown as the Red Wings swung a deal with the Predators while also losing Pavel Datsyuk for three weeks.
The Nashville Predators have traded forward David Legwand to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round draft pick.
Legwand was selected second overall at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Predators and has spent his entire 16-year NHL career in Nashville. In 956 career games with the Predators, Legwand has scored 210 goals and added 356 assists. He has appeared in 62 games with the Predators this season, scoring 10 goals and 30 assists.
Originally selected 29th overall by the Ottawa Senators at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Eaves has scored 74 goals and 72 assists in 439 career games with the Senators, Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes. He has scored two goals and three assists in 25 games with the Red Wings this season.
Jarnkrok was selected in the second round (51st overall) by the Red Wings at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 53 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, Jarnkrok has scored 13 goals and 23 assists.
Pavel Datsyuk will be sidelined three weeks for the Red Wings with a knee injury that he has been battling since January.