Haven't said much in this thread but I will say this...
We are fickle fans. We demand Holland make more trades for impact players but then crucify him if we have to give up anything of value.
The trade was never going to be Eaves a 3rd and Ferraro/marginal prospect. Nobody wants that. There's next to no value in that trade.
We can all debate future and potential but none of that is certain so it's all conjecture for now.
Legwand would be a core piece and top 6 guy on any team in this league. He is that good whether people want to admit that or not.
No he's not a flashy/sexy player like Vanek, but he also isn't a known, pure rental and probably(hopefully) has a future here
I also have faith they wouldn't have made this deal if they weren't confident he will re-sign here.
No that does not equate to him being a shoe-in to come here in the off-season regardless of the trade or not.
It means a lot to a player when a team pursues and "wants" you and is willing to give up assets to get you. It sends a message. Anyone can throw money come UFA time.
Combine that with our culture, great group of very well-liked and respected leadership group, young future players and the fact that his he's from Michigan and you've got a great appeal and likeliness to re-sign.
Starting next season (possibly this post-season if we can get healthy) we are going to have a very talented and deep group of forwards and I personally cannot wait to see what they are capable of.
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