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Trade: Blues acquire Jordan Leopold from Sabres for two 2013 draft picks

Mar 30, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues have been hunting for defensive help and they may have just found that today.

The Blues acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for their 2013 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the condition is if the Blues win a playoff round, the pick turns into a fourth-round selection.

Sabres GM sending Leopold out of town with an expiring deal ($3 million cap hit) could signal the start of big changes in Buffalo. There have been rumors swirling about players, including Ryan Miller and Drew Stafford, being shuffled out of town thanks to the Sabres’ disappointing season.

St. Louis, meanwhile, tried filling out their blue line with Wade Redden and youngster Ian Cole, but they’re in need of help to back up Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo. Leopold gives them a guy who can move the puck and a left-handed shot. He has two goals and six assists in 24 games this season while averaging just over 21 minutes of ice time per game.

  1. kgun80 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Darcy did this last year with Gaustad. He got good value from mid range player with a bad contract that was about to expire.. A second and a conditional is a pretty good trade. He’s good at making good value plays.. He had to do it for a long time before Pegula. I just don’t think he knows how to spend properly with the big wad. The guy was basically a K-Mart shopper who got a black card.. He didn’t know what to do! But all in all a good trade if we can use the picks wisely.

  2. alswingman - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    This trade is pretty good for Buffalo in exchange for Leopold but that is payoff with developmental prospects in the draft. Though there are too many heavy contracts in Buffalo to unload for fair value across the board. They are looking at a 2-5 year rebuilding strategy, not sure Darcy Regier is the right guy to be doing that. He should be the first man unloaded.

  3. jimw81 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    shows you how tight this trading market is going to be next couple days. are teams willing give up high property or chips for rental players or take on salary.

  4. mattypbillsmafia - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    This makes me hate the Brennan trade even more.

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    The Brennan trade was a joke. I guarantee he didn’t even ask Brennan’s home town team who has huge defensive trouble and loves to dish picks.

    Philly would have given at least a 3rd for that guy.

  6. bruceleroy1 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Would u Guys please stop with the Brennan talk. He has 2 goals and 1 assist in 28 career NHL games. He’s a -2 this year. Florida has already cut his playing time by 25%. There are scouts in the building of every game and Darcy is in contact with every GM in the league. If he was worth more than a fifth rounder then someone would’ve paid it. Your only worth what someone is willing to pay for u. Brennan is 23 years old he is what he is, which is a fifth or sixth D on a bad team.

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Those same people were mad when Tim Kennedy walked. As if he’s gonna end up on the freaking Wheaties box.

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