Red Wings acquire Legwand from Preds

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Updated: 3/07/2014 8:55 am

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - The injury-plagued Detroit Red Wings received some forward help before Wednesday's trade deadline, picking up veteran center David Legwand from the Nashville Predators.

The Red Wings shipped forward Patrick Eaves, a conditional third-round pick and forward prospect Calle Jarnkrok to the Predators for Legwand, who was tied for the lead on Nashville with 40 points this season.

A former No. 2 overall pick of Nashville in 1998, the 33-year-old is the franchise's all-time leader in games (956), goals (210), assists (356) and points (566).

"We thank David Legwand for being a pillar of this organization since he became our first-ever draft pick in 1998," Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement.

Legwand, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, had 10 goals and 30 assists in 62 games for the Predators this season.

The Red Wings are hobbled by injuries at the moment, especially at center. Detroit is currently dealing with injuries to centers Henrik Zetterberg (back), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Stephen Weiss (hernia) and Darren Helm (upper body).

On Wednesday, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced Datsyuk will be shut down for the next three weeks to help him recover from his knee injury.

Detroit is trying to qualify for the playoffs for a 23rd straight season. The Wings entered Wednesday one point out of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.

Eaves has two goals and three assists in 25 games with Detroit this season. He has 74 goals and 72 assists for 146 points in 439 career games with Detroit, Carolina and Ottawa.

Jarnkrok, a 22-year-old Swedish center, has 13 goals and 23 assists in 57 games this season for Detroit's AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

If the Red Wings make the playoffs this season, the conditional third-round picks becomes a second-rounder.

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