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Predators F David Legwand signs 6-year, $27 million extension @NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Predators forward David Legwand has signed a six-year, $27 million contract extension that will keep the franchise's career scoring leader with the team through the 2014-15 season.

Legwand holds franchise records with 304 points, 113 goals, 28 game-winning goals, 10 overtime points and 15-multiple goal games. Legwand's first goal in a 5-4 win at Montreal on Saturday propelled him past Kimmo Timonen to the top spot on the team's career scoring list.

"This is the first step moving forward under new ownership and is a sign of commitment, a desire to win and a desire to keep the core of our young team together in Nashville," team vice president and general manager David Poile said on Friday. "He is entering the prime of his career, and we feel that he is becoming one of the league's most complete players."

The 27-year-old Detroit native has seven goals and 14 assists this season. Last season he had a career-high 63 points, on 27 goals and 36 assists, to lead the Predators to their best finish in franchise history at 51-23-8.

Legwand was Nashville's first pick ever in NHL draft in 1998. He made his NHL debut with the Predators on April 17, 1999, and has played for the team in each of his eight NHL seasons.

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