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Blues re-sign Leopold: two years, $4.5 million

Jul 3, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues will have both of their trade deadline acquisitions in the lineup next season.

On Wednesday, the club announced it re-signed defenseman Jordan Leopold to a two-year, $4.5 million deal, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $2.25 million.

Leopold, 32, came to St. Louis from Buffalo in April for a pair of picks at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and proceeded to score two points in 15 regular season games with the Blues, averaging 18:22 TOI.

The 10-year veteran also appeared in all six of St. Louis’ postseason games, averaging 16:33 per contest.

The Leopold signing coincides with St. Louis putting Kris Russell on waivers yesterday.

The Blues now have seven defensemen under contract for next season — including Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis’ other big defensive trade deadline acquisition — and still need to reach a deal with RFA Alex Pietrangelo.

Here’s more on the Russell situation, from TrueHockey’s Andy Strickland:

With St. Louis sending Russell his qualifying offer the team finds themselves in a tough spot. If he goes unclaimed he’ll have the option of accepting the Blues $1.3 million QO or taking the club to arbitration. He could receive even more than $1.3 million in an arbitration case.

Russell could fetch $2 million in arbitration and the Blues would be stuck paying him. Under the new CBA teams can’t walk away from any award below $3.5 million.

It goes without saying they’ve looked into trading the player and appear to have come up empty.

Strickland also notes the Blues have offered Russell $1.5 million for next season.

  1. charleslouis99 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Still can’t believe we spent a 2nd round pick to get him. bad move

  2. rgledz - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Would have liked to see Leo in Minnesota. Oh well.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      I cant believe he signed back with the Blues was hoping he would come back home to Minnesota to play out his career what a loss for the Wild

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