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Longtime Predators C Legwand to Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings acquired center David Legwand from the Nashville Predators on Wednesday in exchange for forwards Patrick Eaves and Calle Jarnkrok and a conditional third-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

A native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Legwand waived a no-trade clause to go to the Red Wings.

The Predators' first draft pick in 1998, the 33-year-old Legwand played in 956 regular-season and 47 postseason games with Nashville. His career totals include 210 goals and 356 assists.

"We thank David Legwand for being a pillar of this organization since he became our first-ever draft pick in 1998," general manager David Poile said. "David has been a part of some of the greatest moments in our franchise's history since he made his NHL debut in April of 1999.

"He has scored big goals, played an integral part in all of our playoff series and helped lead the franchise through our greatest triumphs and trials. While today we say goodbye to one of this club's most unforgettable players, we wish him the best in his career going forward and all of his future endeavors."

Eaves, 29, has appeared in 439 NHL games with Ottawa, Carolina and Detroit, registering 74 goals and 72 assists. In five seasons with the Red Wings, he picked up 56 points in 197 games. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Eaves has spent time with both Detroit and Grand Rapids this season, recording five points in 25 games with the Red Wings and six points in nine contests with the Griffins.

Jarnkrok, 22, has skated in 57 games with the Griffins this season, recording 35 points. Originally selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Gavle, Sweden, native spent the past four seasons with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League, totaling 118 points in 185 games. He helped the team to an SHL championship in 2012 and helped his country to a gold medal at the World Championships in 2013.

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