Getting traded on deadline day is becoming a bit of a trend for Leopold, who is a Minnesota native and will love getting to play for his home team. The 34-year-old blueliner brings veteran experience to the Wild and will be a nice fit.
Leopold has a goal and two assists in 18 games this season and is a -7. He’s in the last year of his contract and will likely test free agency this summer.
Leopold brings the experience factor, with 677 games under his belt and counting. He’s played for Columbus, St. Louis, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Florida, Calgary, and Colorado. He’s also skated in 71 playoff games but has never scored in the post-season.
Leopold’s best career season came in 2010-2011 with the Sabres when he put up 35 points in 71 games. He posted 13 goals that season and had 10 the following season, marking the only two times he’s reached double digits in goals.
In Falk, the Blue Jackets land a 26-year-old defenceman not to be confused with Justin Faulk. Falk has spent most of his time in the AHL and has only been a call-up on the NHL level, where he’s skated for the Wild and the Rangers (and then the Wild again).
In 13 games with Minnesota this season, he has no points and is a -6. Falk is likely on his way to the farm.
This isn’t a big deal by any extent, but it does bolster Minnesota’s defence for the time being and that counts for something.
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