The St. Louis Blues announced this morning that they have traded Defenseman Jordan Leopold to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In exchange, the Blues will receive a fifth round draft pick in 2016.
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Leopold came to the Blues from the Buffalo Sabres in the 2012 – 2013 season. While wearing the note he has earned eight points over 49 games. His chances have been limited this season as he has played in only seven games with zero points to his credit. Leopold hasn’t put up relatively strong numbers or played a full season since his time with the Sabres between 2010 and 2012.
Nobody wants to see a player bounce around the league, and hopefully this trade will allow Leopold a chance to get more time on the ice to play the game he loves. As of now the Columbus Blue Jackets are last in the Metropolitan Division and second to last in the league overall with 11 points and a 5-10-1 record. The team is currently battling injuries and at the time of the trade had just taken a player off the injured reserve while adding two. One of those two added to the IR is Defenseman Fedor Tyutin who Leopold is presumably replacing. Tyutin will be out for 4-6 week and has 2 points over all sixteen games. Unless the Jackets go with loyalty toward Tyutin on his return, Leopold could overtake the position with a strong performance. Barring that, he will likely end up becoming the Jacket’s go-to backup bench player when a defenseman needs a night off.
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