NASHVILLE -- Ottawa Senators center David Legwand said he was unsure whether he would receive a Ryan Suter-type reception or a different kind Thursday when the former longtime member of the Nashville Predators plays his first game in a visiting uniform at Bridgestone Arena.
Suter, of course, was the Predators' first-round pick (No. 7) in the 2003 NHL Draft and an All-Star defenseman who left Nashville via free agency for the Minnesota Wild in 2011, and has been booed mercilessly every time he returns.
Legwand's circumstances are different. A pending unrestricted free agent last season, Legwand, a native of the Detroit suburbs, was traded by the Predators at the NHL Trade Deadline to the Detroit Red Wings for a package that included center Calle Jarnkrok, who now counts highly in the Predators' current and future plans.
"We'll see what happens," Legwand said, "but it's always fun to come back."