Feb. 3, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold (3) looks to pass against the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Leopold Traded To St. Louis

The Buffalo Sabres have started to move pieces as they look to reshape their team.

The second member of the Buffalo Sabres organization to be traded, is Jordan Leopold.  He has been sent to the St. Louis Blues for two draft picks, a second round draft pick, and a conditional fifth round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

If they keep the pick, the Buffalo Sabres now have two second round draft picks in the upcoming draft.

Jordan Leopold was originally selected in the second round of the 1999 NHL Entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks.  Prior to the Buffalo Sabres he has also played for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

St. Louis was looking for another puck moving defenseman – and is willing to give up a first round draft pick which figures to be a late first round pick.

St. Louis is in a precarious position, holding on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  With any luck, they will be able to hold and and make a run at the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The second round pick figures to be a mid to late round draft pick, depending on the success of the Blues.

Leopold had drawn the ire of the Buffalo Sabres organization and fans this season has he failed to be the veteran presence on the blue line – and was one of a many number of problems with the on-ice product this year.

Leopold is making 3 million dollars this season, and is in the final year of his contract.  On July 1st he will become an unrestricted free agent, unless he resigns in St. Louis.

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